In my post ‘The next appointment with Dr. F.‘, I concluded with 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.
From 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 –
The lower right discomfort has increased along with the burning bladder and burning frequent urination.
My visit with my urologist Dr. F. was yesterday! This meant I had an invasive medical instrument inserted into my body! I did not look forward to it as it involves some discomfort; usually the procedure is quick, but not this time due to a blockage. Let’s just say other means to get pass the blockage and insert the scope were used. The procedure was not so quick this time. Dr. F. indicated some cancer had returned and also I have quite a bit of scare tissue from my last surgery in February.
I will be having another IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram) hopefully next week to see if the scare tissue and cancer is blocking more of my ureter opening. If so, a stint will be inserted and then in the next couple of weeks another surgery to remove the scar tissue and cancer will take place.
I am not looking forward to another surgery – this upsets me. Bladder cancer recurs often and eventually the bladder may need to be removed.
I remain optimistic but also realistic.