• 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?

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    • 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.

      about 5 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.

      about 5 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!

      about 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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