In my post ‘how I feel and if I can pee‘, I wrote the following –
Dr. F. also found a small matter that is partially blocking my ureter that connects to my right kidney. I have for months experienced some lower right discomfort on my back and it is most likely due to my kidney not properly draining my urine to my bladder.
Dr. F. believes this small matter is most likely some scar tissue from the tumor because it’s location was near the ureter opening. In a couple of weeks I will visit a radiologist to determine what will need to take place to correct this issue.
In today’s post, I write the following –
My radiologist appointment will take place this Thursday. urologyhealth.org has the following information –
The IVP is an x-ray test in which a contrast agent (also termed “x-ray dye”) is injected into a patient’s vein; the contrast agent acts to outline the patient’s kidneys, ureters, and bladder when x-rays are subsequently taken.
Based on the results of this test, Dr. F. will decide whether a ureteral stent may be required. If he indicates this is recommended, than another surgery would be required. Honestly I am not looking forward to another surgery.
Time Will Tell
13 days ago a tumor was removed from my bladder. Honestly, I recovered better and faster than I thought I would prior to the surgery. Prior to the surgery, I allowed my emotions and thinking to get the best of me and I will not lie, I was scared. The surgery was the easy part – I do not remember anything about it. The first week of recovery was not so easy, but I managed and got through it.
In about 3 weeks I will start my Intravesical therapy that will last for 6 weeks. Per cancer.org –
With intravesical therapy, the doctor puts a liquid drug directly into the bladder (through a catheter) rather than giving it by mouth or injecting it into a vein. This could be either immunotherapy, which causes the body’s own immune system to attack the cancer cells, or chemotherapy.
Medicines given this way mainly affect the cells lining the inside of the bladder, with little to no effect on cells elsewhere. This means that any cancer cells outside of the bladder lining, including those that have grown deeply into the bladder wall, are not treated. Drugs put into the bladder also can’t reach cancer cells in the kidneys, ureters, and urethra, or those that have spread to other organs.
For this reason, intravesical therapy is used only for non-invasive (stage 0) or minimally invasive (stage I) bladder cancers.
I keep reminding myself this is temporary and it will come and go and life will continue. This treatment at this point in time will not prevent the future move to take place – but it might push back the date a little bit as to when to place the house on the market for sale.
Time Will Tell.