Yesterday, I had my first appointment with my urologist Dr. F. I spoke with him about my situation occurring with my body for the past 4 months. As many of you know, I have been having issues with my body and I finally received my referral to see an urologist. You can read more information concerning my condition in the following posts: ‘A Weeks Occurrence‘, ‘Doctor’s Suggestion‘, ‘New Insurance – New Doctor‘, ‘Urologist, I need to see you!‘.
The appointment with Dr. F. was informative and we discussed the current situation and the next steps in determining what the issue is. Dr. F. has specialty training, was recognized among the top 10% of doctors in specialty and region by Diplomate, American Board of Urology Fellow and American College of Surgeons. I feel comfortable he is a good urologist and knows what he is doing.
The visit with Dr. F. involved me discussing my symptoms and the result of a hospital visit involving a CT scan I had last month. He indicated I most likely have a tumor on my bladder and it would need to be surgically removed. Before the removal, first a cystoscopy will take place. Per webmd.com, here is the definition –
Cystoscopy (say “sis-TAW-skuh-pee”) is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inside of your bladder and urethra. It’s done using a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope.
The doctor inserts this tube into your urethra and on into the bladder. Your doctor can see areas of your bladder and urethra that usually don’t show up well on X-rays.
Your doctor can also insert tiny surgical tools through the tube to take samples of tissue (biopsy) or samples of urine.
This will take place for the following reasons –
Find the cause of many urinary system problems. Examples include blood in the urine, pain when you urinate, incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections, and blockages in the urinary tract.
Remove tissue samples for testing (biopsy).
In past several weeks, I have educated myself with information concerning issues with the bladder. I am a prime candidate for bladder cancer. Here are some of the bladder cancer risk factors per cancercenter.com –
Gender: Men are at a higher risk than women of getting bladder cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, men have an approximately 1 in 26 chance of developing bladder cancer in their lifetime. For women, this chance is about 1 in 86.
Most people who get bladder cancer are older in age. The average age at diagnosis is 73, and 90 percent of patients are over age 55.
Bladder cancer is twice as common among Caucasians as African Americans. This disease is less common among Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans.
Smoking: Cigarette smoking is the single greatest risk factor for bladder cancer. Smokers are more than twice as likely to get bladder cancer compared to nonsmokers.
My cystoscopy will take place next Thursday and upon that appointment the next steps will take place.