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    Celebration (Remission): I was declared in remission in April 2013 and only have to go for annual MRI's now and every six months for urinalysis.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): While my oncologist wanted to do a round of the old fashioned chemo, my kidneys wouldn't allow it. He opted on a mixture of taxol and gencitibine (sp). Since the adenocarcinoma is a rate type of cancer, there is not a lot of information on it. I opted for chemo since the cancer had invaded a blood vessel. I never really suffered from nausea. I did lose my hair after my 2nd treatment and suffered aches and pains as well as ongoing fatigue and low blood. I had at least two blood transfusions during the chemo and even six months after finishing chemo had to go for iron infusion and B 12 shots. Having to undergo a radical cystectomy is a major impact on one's life. However being alive outweighs all the inconvenience of wearing a urostomy bag.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): By the time I was referred to a urologist/surgeon my only option was a radical cystectomy - removal of my bladder, urethra and part of my vagina. It was during surgery that it was discovered the cancer had actually started in my urethra many months earlier and invaded my bladder - the tumor was a type IV.

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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): When I was first diagnosed with a tumor in my bladder, it was felt that it was slow growing and it was suggested that we do a wait and see - then a biopsy confirmed that I had a malignant adenocarcinoma and would need surgery.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment)

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy)