Today is my one year anniversary of my first TURBT surgery and my non muscle Invasive Squamous cell cainoma bladder diagnoses. Since this diagnosis I have been thru 9 BCG treatment and two scoping with no cancer recurrence. I lost over 25 pounds of weight thru a walking exercising program I started over the last year. As of today I feel great and my fitness level is the best it has been in years. I look at my Bladder Cancer as just another bump in the road in my life. It's just another fight I must do.I figured if I listened to my first doctor I would have already had a radical cystectomy because that was considered the standard treatment for this type of bladder cancer. So a second opinion is always important. As I continue my BCG treatment in May I look at it just as one more step to my final outcome. Cancer free. I remember something my father told me. Put your faith in God's hands and everything will be ok. So I will always thank God each day for my health and I will stride to be a better person.
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This came from the Nationall Institute of Health: Results: We observed elevated PSA in 27 men (75%) during BCG treatment, of whom 15 (41.6%) had a clinically significant elevation. Overall average PSA increased from 1.3 ng./ml. before BCG instillation to 3.8 during treatment (range 0.1 to 21.5, p <0.0001). In those with a clinically significant elevation average PSA increased from 2.31 ng./ml. at baseline to 6.97 during treatment (p <0.0001) and returned to 3.86 ng./ml. 3 months after treatment. Palpation demonstrated prostatic findings in 10 patients, including firm nodules in 7, while there was significantly elevated PSA in 5 with firm nodules and 2 with diffuse prostatic enlargement. Histological examination of the prostate in 10 patients was diagnostic for granulomatous prostatitis, nonspecific inflammation and benign prostatic hyperplasia in 3, 3 and 4, respectively, of whom none had prostate cancer.Conclusions: Intravesical BCG therapy is associated with significantly elevated PSA in up to 40% of cases. This effect is self-limited and PSA reverts to normal in 3 months. Therefore, we suggest that prostate biopsy be withheld in such patients and PSA monitored.
Hello I have a question. Does BCG treatment cause your PSA level to go up. I just had a updated blood test and my PSA level is high. Less in a year ago I had a Pet Scan and MRi with no cancer.
I also have started a exercising program which I did a hard 5 mile brisk walk less then 24 hr before the blood test.
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