In my post ‘it’s not a dream‘, I wrote the following –
The cystoscopy took place yesterday and the results are I have bladder cancer. Surgery to remove the tumor on my bladder is scheduled for February 10 at which time a biopsy will be taken to determine the stage of the cancer. Dr. F. believes the cancer is superficial meaning most likely the cancer has not grown into the muscle layer of my bladder. If his early diagnosis is correct then after the tumor is removed I will then have 6 weeks of intravesical therapy.
In my post ‘Good News outweighs Bad News; for now‘, I wrote the following –
The good news is that I will not be participating in the intravesical therapy. This is because the cancer HAD grown into the connective tissue layer outside of my bladder lining. The intravesical therapy would not help to assist in treating these cancer cells. This is mixed news – no catheters – no possible side effects – yes higher risk of cancer coming back.
The good news is that the cancer had NOT grown into the muscle layer of my bladder. This is very good news – I get to keep my bladder.
The bad news is that the cancer can easily come back. Every 3 months for the next couple of years, I will be visiting the urologist and having a scope performed to search for cancer that may grow back. If caught early, then again surgery would be required to have the cancer removed. This is mixed news – more surgery – yes catheter – yes, to keeping my bladder.
The good news is that I can get back to preparing for the upcoming move and not worry about what I originally thought I might have to deal with in the coming weeks. This is very good news – no more invasive medical instruments inserted into my body for at least 3 months.
Good News outweighs Bad News; for now
In today’s post, I write the following –
My 3 months are up, and two weeks from today I will visit my urologist and have a cystoscopy performed and lab tests on my urine. Will the cancer be back?
Since my surgery, my bladder habits have increased in that I am urinating, peeing or going to the restroom on a very frequent bases. I will be honest with you, I have always drunk a great amount of water and still do. But now my bladder cannot hold it as long. So, now I ‘go’ quite often. This is especially annoying at night, because I no longer receive restful sleep – I am ‘going’ literally every hour of the night.
In the past month I have experienced increased burning during urination and in my bladder. Yesterday I passed a blood clot. Does this indicate the cancer has returned?
I guess in two weeks I will have the answer to this question.