My Urologist: Dr. F.

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, 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 –

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.

70 thoughts on “My Urologist: Dr. F.

  1. Nah, not happening. It is a benign cyst. That is all. Like the good doctor (Vamagandhi) commented on another post, it will be nothing, I am sure.
    Your symptoms could be caused by several different things. Let us not pick the worst ones. 🙂

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  2. You know that Dr, Google can also be the work of the devil. You are jumping too many steps ahead. As Lynz just commented – it could easily be a benign tumor and even if it was malignant it could be encapsulated. You know I have had one benign tumor removed and am cystic. The first thought is always cancer. For all you know you might be less Caucasian than you think (my DNA profile was a little surprising) so don’t be drawn into statistics either. Keep us updated and DON’T PANIC!
    PS Stop smoking, if you haven’t already…

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    • Yes, I understand Dr. Google, I was trying to educate myself so I knew what all the possibilities could be. I will keep you updated and I am staying calm and yes I WILL quit smoking. Thanks, your comments are always appreciated! 🙂


      • Sorry, I realize that I sounded a bit like your mother. Maybe I should revert to my previous comment and offer to kiss it better? 🙂 Laughter is good for the soul and everything else. I am wishing you all the luck in the world. I also never follow my own advice and have myself diagnosed before I even talk to a doctor…

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    • I will keep you updated, I am not worrying too much – I always tell myself things happen for a reason, both good and bad. I still have lessons to learn. Thanks for the prayers and for taking the time to read and comment. 🙂

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  3. Continued prayers and thoughts Spear. “Dr. Google” indeed works both ways so remember the mind often crosses bridges we never even come across. Resting and relaxing are however two things on the to-do list!

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  4. Sending good thoughts. And I hope they put you out for that cystoscopy. That sounds (and from personal experience IS) painful as hell. I imagine it is worse for men. Just relax and envision the best possible outcome. And keep us updated. I believe that sharing things like this helps us bear them a bit more easily.

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    • Thanks for the good thoughts – my understanding is I will get a local anesthetic, thank goodness – just thinking about the procedure gives me chills. Thanks for reading, it is comforting to know you and others are out there to help me. 🙂


  5. I’m glad you finally got there and are moving on to these next steps! You are also making others aware through your experience, so realize that you are doing good through something not so good happening to you. But fingers crossed and high hopes that it turns out to be not serious. Keep us posted dear spear.

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  6. I know a guy who had a tumor removed from his bladder last year. I picked him up from the hospital after his surgery. It didn’t seem to be a very big deal. He almost pissed his pants on the way home but that’s about it.

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  7. Very good, your MD is getting you in and taken care of…remember the chances, if it is a tumor, are the same for it being a sounds like he knows his stuff….do feel some relief?? thanks for sharing your personal life…we all care and its nice to be the loop…kat

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  8. I will only tell you this, my oldest sister just had a tumor the size of a football removed from her abdomen that was benign. We all thought the worst, it’s only human nature. She is recovering quite well, and so will you.

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    • Yes I understand about thinking the worst. It is not that I am expecting the worst, I view it as me learning about and understanding all possible outcomes. I am glad your sister is doing well. Thanks for the comment – I hope your day goes well for you. 🙂

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  9. It sounds like you’re doing all the right things by finding a dr. that you are comfortable with and educating yourself. I know it’s easier said than done, not to jump to conclusions but do try to keep things in perspective by taking it one step at a time. I’ll be keeping you in prayer for peace, comfort and healing and looking out for your updates.

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      • thank you dear 🙂 one of the best advises ever given to me is that deep abdominal breathing is your strongest ally to keep you grounded and centered, especially when your mind comes up with all kinds of imagined scenarios… whatever you feel, breathe into it and let it go…
        wherever you are I hope you are getting a fair bit of sunshine 🙂

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