Bladder Cancer Journey

Left radical nephroureterectomy on 1/22/10 for urothelial carcinoma. There was a noninvasive 3cm TCC tumor in the renal pelvis. They had to take the kdney, the ureter and bladder cuff.

First Cysto on 4/15 was clear but the 6 month one found a tumor. TURBT done 8/10 to remove 1cm tumor and cauterize two other areas. Biopsies showed low grade cancer again – the tumor and the area where the ureter and been attached were both more of the same.November '10 Update: No tumors visible during the cysto.  Yeah! Scheduled next cysto for February. Will it be clear or am I on a 6 month re-occurrence schedule?? I guess we are to live in 3 month segments at this point. Maybe plan a winter vacation after February cysto.

Feb '11 Update: Cysto done 2/1 — found 2 tumors and 2 suspicious areas. TURBT scheduled for 2/3. Darn!

Had my Turbt today (2/3). They removed 2 tumors and biopsied 3 other areas. I will get the pathology results on Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully it continues as low grade non-invasive transitional cell. Dr. says we will discuss BCG based on the path results.

 Fitz (MN)

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