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    Procedure or Surgery (Cystoscopy; Biopsy; Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor (TURBT) ): I received General Anesthesia for this one - thank God. Basically it was the same cystoscopy as the day before, but tissue samples were taken for biopsy and my bladder wall was 'scraped' in an effort to remove the tumor. I woke up to find a THICK yellow catheter tube (felt like a fire hose!) attached to me. Very uncomfortable. Very unpleasant. Was monitored in the hospital for the next 3 days. Some social workers came to visit me; one specifically to help me apply for State benefits. After my urine cleared up a bit, I was told that I would be discharged soon. I went home and waited for 'the call' to hear how bad things were...

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    Procedure or Surgery (Cystoscopy): Cystoscopy involves inserting a cystoscope (a flexible tube with a light source and camera) into the bladder via the XXX. OUCH. I was given a local anesthetic gel to reduce the pain of inserting the scope. Still, it was VERY uncomfortable. Not to mention the female technician *observing* the procedure. *AWK-WARD*! It was all over in about 10 minutes (which felt like an hour). I hesitantly asked the doctor if it was cancer. He sheepishly answered, "Yes". My whole body and mind went numb. I wanted to ask questions, have things explained to me; but I could not move or even *think* of words, nevermind *speak* them. He did the rest of the talking, telling me that bladder cancer is very common and very treatable. He wanted to schedule me for another cystoscopy/biopsy the next day. I agreed.

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    Oh No (Blood clot in urine): While urinating, passed *something* other than urine. Upon examination, a small blood clot. Became nervous, told myself if it happens again tomorrow I will go to the ER. Well, it *did* happen again - but much worse (larger clot, cranberry-colored urine). Anxiety progressed quickly to panic. Called 911, took ambulance to the ER. CT scan showed 2cm mass in bladder. Was told to consult a urologist for cystoscopy procedure.