Hi, I’m an oncology nurse and thought I may be able to answer your question about what to expect with BCG treatment. Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a common treatment for bladder cancer that has not invaded the muscle wall of the bladder. Quick, and relatively painless, BCG is put into the bladder through a catheter. The patient will be asked not to urinate for 2 hours and to change position every 15 to 20 minutes so the medicine washes the entire bladder wall.
Dose and schedule for BCG can vary and is determined by the doctor. Side effects experienced can vary between individuals, but may include burning or pain with urination, urgency (needing to urinate often), fatigue, joint aches, skin rash, nausea, loss of appetite, and a low grade fever.
Check out the BCG information on the Bladder Cancer Awareness Network (BCAN) website: ’Tips for Patients From Patients ’ about BCG. The information includes questions to ask the doctor, what to expect from treatment, and tips for self -care and coping after BCG treatment.
More information about bladder cancer treatment can also be found through our Health Library by visiting: http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uh1360#uh1361
Hope this information is useful for you and your friend.
Becky RN OCN