SortingItOut's Journey:

Patient: Bladder Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 4 years ago, Male, Age: 60, Stage Recurrent

  1. 1
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    I went through my first round to tumor removal and it supposedly went very well. When I went back to my doctor for my three month checkup, he discovered more tumors that needed to be removed. This news was very devastating and extremely depressing.

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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Went to the hospital and went through the surgery to remove the new tumors. Had the catheter for three days which was such a bother - slept in the recliner until I could take it out. Fortunately, my sister flew down to stay with me during the surgery and a few days after. For my first round of surgery, I had a friend take me for the surgery and then drove me home.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin)

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Going to start treatments of BCG once my bladder heals up from the surgery. It's a six week process and then once a month after. Doctor says this has a 75% effectiveness in keeping tumors from reoccurring. I hope and pray I'm in the 75% group.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    almost 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Completed BCG treatments and went back to my doctor for the first checkup after the last dose. It broke my heart when he told me that there were more tumors and that they would have to be removed. So, now I'm waiting for the hospital to call and schedule the next round of surgery. Once the surgery is complete, then we have to determine what to do next. According to my doctor, if none of the tumors are invasive, then we'll start a more aggressive chemo based treatment, similar to how the BCG was performed - once a week for six weeks put into the bladder. If any of the tumors are invasive, then we have to consider removing by bladder and forming a part of my intestine to replace my bladder. Very depressed about this news. I had high hopes for the BCG working but my doctor said there are few people that are just prone to getting these tumors and I just happen to be one of the group. Just great.

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