• BCG Effectiveness

    Asked by SortingItOut on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    BCG Effectiveness

    Has anyone gone through the BCG process and what kind of results have you experienced?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and BCG is actually the tuberculosis test. It is used in bladder cancer to stimulate the immune system. It is usually given in direct contact with the tumor for 6 weeks, once a week. It is usually reported from patients as a flu-like side effect. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregA0406's Avatar

      I underwent BCG treatment in the Fall of 2011. The treatment was 100% effective and my bladder has been cancer-free since (I have other issues, but not in the bladder). It can be uncomfortable, but no worse than other procedures that you have already endured. Drink "LOTS" of water immediately after the procedure. They will tell you not to urinate for about 2 hours. Do your best to hold it. When you do urinate, you will have a strong "burning" sensation. The more water you are able to drink, and hold, after the procedure, the less intense the burning sensation. Sometimes I didn't quite make it 2 hours (but was pretty close). Remember to drink lots of water and also follow the safety procedures regarding cleansing of the toilet.

      Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • benj622's Avatar

      I am in the process of going through the procedure, I have had the initial six and two threes. So far I have not had really any problems except the one time when I has some drinks, that was a no no and I paid of it.

      So far the exams have been clear for me so maybe it is working!! I do hope so.

      over 3 years ago

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