Can BCG safely be delayed?

1 week 3 days ago #61115 by sara.anne
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The usual wait time between a TURB and BCG is four to six weeks.  

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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1 week 3 days ago #61114 by rongdonu14
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Also, how long does it take for the bladder to heal after TURBT? what was your wait time between TURBT and first dose of BCG?

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1 week 3 days ago #61113 by rongdonu14
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Thanks Sarah and Clyde for your prompt response. He is 60 years old. He had his TURBT done on 12/28/21 and we have a follow up doctor  appointment on 1/13/22. He will most likely has to cancel his trip which he will not be very happy about as he was planning it before Covid 19 hit. He was diagnosed back in 2015 when he had the high grade G3 papillary tumor, he had taken the induction 6 BCG but his urologist never followed up with the Maintenance BCG regimen. He was cancer free for 6 years and now it returned out as very small CIS last month. Luckily they have taken the visible spot (CIS) out, he had previously responded well to BCG without serious side effects so I am hoping he will respond well this time as well. Please keep my dad in your prayers. Hopefully, we can fight this. Just wondering how fast does the CIS grow?

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1 week 3 days ago #61112 by Clyde
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Hi rongdonu,

I agree 100% with Sara Anne. Your father needs to follow his Dr's instructions. CIS is a
highly aggressive bladder cancer and nothing to
fool around with. Fortunately, BCG can be a highly effective treatment for many
patients. . Personally I was anxious to start my BCG treatment ASAP. Thank
God, so far BCG is working for me.

I will also note that BCG has not been that bad at all for me. Some burning on
the day of, but no big deal. You'll find allot of knowledgeable folks on this
website that are kind enough to share their experiences and opinions. I know
they helped me through the process. 

I wish you and your father the best of luck!!!

Clyde

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1 week 3 days ago #61108 by sara.anne
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I moved your post to its own subject line.

To answer your question, CIS is very dangerous and BCG should be started as soon as possible.  When I was diagnosed, my urologist insisted that I cancel a long-planned trip out of the country so that I could begin BCG as soon as I was healed from my TURB.  And yes, after two years of BCG and BCG maintenance treatments I have been bladder-cancer free for over 13 years.

Your father should have a serious discussion about this with his urologist.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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1 week 3 days ago #61107 by rongdonu14
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Hi Clyde,

Just wondering if BCG is working for you. My dad was diagnosed with CIS and had TURBT 2 weeks ago. He is leaving the country for 2 months to travel back home. Just wondering if waiting couple months is okay to start BCG or he should start BCG immidiately?

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