• If the cancer started in the bladder and is now in the lungs what kind of cancer does he have. Bladder Cancer or Lung Cancer or both?

    Asked by mylove4bill on Monday, January 23, 2012

    If the cancer started in the bladder and is now in the lungs what kind of cancer does he have. Bladder Cancer or Lung Cancer or both?

    My husband was diagnosed with stage 3T bladder cancer on August 6, 2011. He had surgery in an effort to remove the tumor and undergo chemo. Once he had the surgery we were told that he would need another surgery to remove the bladder after he had some chemo treatments and the tumor was shrunk with the chemo. After three rounds of chemo we learned that the tumor was stable but it did not shrink. In addition they saw two nodules on his lungs that were not there before however they were too small to biopsy. At this point we decided to go for a second opinion and were able to get the nodules biopsied and it was confirmed that they were cancer. A different kind of chemo treatment was suggested and completed and we are undergoing a third kind of chemo because the nodules have double in size in spite the chemo. Does this mean he has both bladder and lung cancer? Has anyone ever heard that chemo and radiation is not an option for lung cancer? I am desperately looking for other options at right now the doctors are saying that all they can do is keep things under control assuming that they can find a chemo that the cancer will respond to ; however, he cannot be cured. Has anyone ever heard of a test that can be done that determines the kind of chemo that a cancer cell will respond best to?

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    • CherylHutch's Avatar
      CherylHutch

      Hi there,

      I do not have the same kind of cancer as your husband, so I can't answer your questions about treatments or what kind. But with your question re is this bladder cancer... the biopsy of the lung nodules should have been able to tell you what kind of cancer it was... either a metastasis of bladder cancer to the lung, or a brand new primary lung cancer. Yes, it is possible to have more than one primary cancer. But if it is two different cancers, then they would be treated differently with different kinds of chemo. If it is a spread (metastasis) of the bladder cancer to the lung, then it is still considered bladder cancer and is treated with the same treatments as the bladder cancer. So it all depends on the result from the biopsy of the lung nodules as to what kind of cancer it is.

      It is not at all unusual to be going through different chemos. If a chemo doesn't work and the tumors don't shrink, then the oncologists don't want to put a patient through the side affects of a chemo if it is not doing any good. The idea is to find a chemo that will work and preferably have few to no side affects.

      Not sure if this helped but thought I'd put my .02 cents in ;)

      Cheryl from Vancouver

      about 2 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar
      susie81610

      Cheryl you explained it very well I have the same thing going on I have esophagus cancer that has metastasized to my breast and stomach and back they have removed all the tumors but thank goodness they were all esophagus cancer so I was still able to be treated with one type of chemo cocktail.
      Good luck to you my love if you have any other questions I would be happy to help if I can.
      Have a good day.
      Susie

      about 2 years ago
    • calypsois' Avatar
      calypsois

      Hello:
      Sorry you are in this situation.. The cancer could be bladder cancer that has spread to the lungs. You should come to the BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network) site at

      http://www.inspire.com/

      You will be surprised at how many helpful persons in the same boat as your husband are there.

      over 1 year ago

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