I recently was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had two tumors removed surgically. The patholgy report indicated that this was low grade transitional cell carcinoma. Surgery was successful, and the urologist recommended that I return every three months for the next year for a checkup. He did not recommend any other form of treatement. If anyone has had a similar experience, I would appreciate your thoughts on any additional treatment other than a checkup every three months.
Congratulations on your successful surgery! I am Laura Walther-Broussard, Social Worker here at MD Anderson. In addition to other bladder cancer patients replying to your post, you could join MD Anderson's Bladder Cancer Support Team. Information about their activities can be found at:
I was diagnosed with bladder cancer May 2004. Removed the tumors. Had a CT scan done with oncologist and all was good. Have been going for follow up cystoscopes and urine cytologies every 3-6 months. My last cysto was May 6. All looked good. The cytology results came back with abnormal cell results. Whoa ! I go on July 2 for another cysto, cytology and IVP ! Not sure what's in store for me now !
My father 62 y/o caucasian had Thyroid cancer (radical thyroidectomy) in 1988 and smoker for 40+ years.
He was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma on Sat, Jan 9. We are awaiting the pathology report due on Wed and hoping for clear margins. Not sure of our next step. We live in Fort Smith, AR and have excellent Oncologists here that have collegues at MD and Baylor. We are optimistic about the diagnosis and praying for the Lord to guide us and heal my father. I have been on the MD Anderson website researching this diagnosis and am glad that we are not alone in this fight. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Fighting the fight,
Posted: 12 Jan 2010 08:35 AM Originally Posted: 12 Jan 2010 08:34 AM
Thank you for sharing you dad's story with the message board. Hopefully you have received a good pathology report with clear margins from his oncologists in Arkansas.
Also, you mentioned that your dad is (was?) a lifelong smoker. If he is still smoking, perhaps you might call the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline at 800-784-8669 or visit: http://www.stampoutsmoking.com/resources.html because it is never too late to enjoy the benefits of tobacco-free living!
Good luck and please keep us abreast of your progress,
Laura Walther-Broussard, LCSW, Social Work Counselor
Posted: 26 Jan 2010 03:51 PM Originally Posted: 26 Jan 2010 03:52 PM
Here's my history with baldder tumors. I was first diagnosed in 1989 and had surgery to remove an invasive tumor. I had regular exams, first every three months, then every six months for 10 years. In 1999 another bladder tumor appeared. I had it surgically removed and had a six week course of BCG treatment. Regular exams every three months followed with no recurrence until 2007. More three month exams until another tumor in April 2008 then another in August 2008 each removed by surgery. All tumors were low grade type in the bladder lining until the last one which was again invasive. The pathology report indicated cancer cells in the lymph system of the tumor. My urologist has determined that there is no involvement outside the bladder right now. A cycstectomy and installation of a neobladder has been prescribed for me. My surgery is scheduled for 10 days from now.
My condition can be attributed to smoking that I ceased in 1973! Cell damage can take a long time to show itself! I have had a twenty year experience with the progression of these tumors, so I guess I have been lucky to have had so much time. In my case, the tumors were held off, but ultimately they progressed.
I have spoken with one cyctectomy-neobladder survivor who is very happy with the results and his return to a reasonably normal life. I have several more to contact this week.
I myself have just gone through the same thing., I am due to go back to the Dr on May 22nd., I have been very nervous, hoping that all we be ok. The Dr advised that I quit smoking, which I just about have., I do get the urge once in a while for a smoke and sometimes I just give in. Not sure if having 1 or 2 every once in a while is ok., I am trying my best to stop completely but it is so hard with having to go back every 3 months and not being sure what to expect. I am just rambling on., sorry.