• BCG treatment breaks?

    Asked by Yoseffah on Sunday, June 2, 2013

    BCG treatment breaks?

    How often are patients able to have the 6 BCG treatments within 6 weeks versus needing to take a break of 1-2 weeks due to increased blood in the urine specimen? I have no infection but the nurse is concerned that each time I have more blood cells (not visible to me) in the pre-treatment specimen. I was hoping to complete the 6 treatments in 6 weeks. Do people generally take 8-9 weeks to have the 6 treatments or usually have 6 treatments in 6 weeks?

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can't tell you about bladder cancer and the tests/breaks, but with my hodgkins disease I had the same thing happen. I had to stop several times and wait for blood count to build back up. 6mos of treatment stretched into maybe 9 mos.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      It is not unusual to have treatment postponed because of issues with pretreatment blood and urine tests. This has happened to me and most of the people i have met at the infusion center where I am being treated. Chemo affects your whole body while targeting your cancer. It's better to wait a few weeks and get the numbers where they should be, then treat and risk infection and other negative reactions.

      over 3 years ago
    • benj622's Avatar

      I can only talk for myself but I did not take a break and did not have any problem. Someone else that I know had problems with taking the BCG and got the to reduce the amount and has been clean for two years now. From what I understand the length of the treatment and the amount of BCG given is an educated guest only. But then I am the patient only!

      over 3 years ago
    • trisha's Avatar

      Oh sometimes you can take breaks from issues,i had alot of severe pain muscle aches and bone pain pain terrible but md gave me pain med i gelt like i had been beat with a bat. Not doing follow up bcg tx but i go next wednesday amd it will be six month check up, im tired but Im a fighter

      about 3 years ago
    • Yoseffah's Avatar

      As it turned out, I did not need to take a break between treatments. I had cystoscopy/biopsies 4 weeks after the last BCG treatment and fortunately, all the biopsies were negative. I had almost no side effects from BCG treatments. I will be starting maintenance BCG treatments in the fall. Onward and Upward! Thank you for all your comments.

      about 3 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more bladder cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Bladder Cancer page.