I was diagnosed with Papillary Carcinoma (G1pTa) in June of Last year.
I have undergone a TURBT at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. A 1 cm tumour was removed, and a one off installation of Mitomycin-C was given. As I was catheterised, I spent 1 night in hospital, and was released the next morning. I then spent a long, long week awaiting my pathology results. My consultant being a very cautious man sent me for an IVU. Fortunately that showed no involvement with my kidneys or ureters.
So far my check cystoscopies have been clear-long may they continue.
I consider myself to be very lucky. I've dodged a big bullet! The treatment I received was excellent. No real complaints. My consultant has given a very positive prognosis. His opinion is that the chances of progression are very remote. Infact, he says that I'm at greater risk from my pre-hypertension which was uncovered during the pre-op exams. So I'm in the process of dealing with that. I'm cycling to work, better diet, joined a gym, etc.
All in all, I'm very hopeful about the future. I'm planning to be around to pick up my pension. Just 23 years to go (I'm 42).
I'm very grateful that this site exists. I have learnt a great deal of useful information. I have also been greatly helped by those of you that decided to contibute your story to the forum.
In the early days, this site was a real lifeline. I felt less lonely-especially during the sleepless nights.
Thanks again. I apologise for not having said this months ago.[b]28/06/2007 11.43am[/b]
Hi There, Thought I'd update my story.
I've just got back from the hospital after having my cystoscopy. Which was all clear.
I'm feeling high as a kite at the moment. I've just weathered my first year, and although it's been a bit of a rough ride at times, I now feel even more confident about the future.
Anyhoo, I'm going to go for a walk by the sea.