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Bladder reconstruction questions

msmurph
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Joined: Apr 2004

My husband has had three tumors re-occur in his bladder. Has gone thrugh all of the advised methods for removal, each time it has come back in a more aggressive form.The last tumor was pronounced "ominous" by the surgeon. He is now undergoing chemo (into his third round) prior to bladder removal. He is confused and concerned about which was to go as far as bladder replacement. Has anyone had experience with the neo-bladder, the one reconstructed from colon? Also, anyone with experience using the bag? And which way is the best way to go with that? We understand there are two different way. Three choices and no input, thus far, from anyone in this circumstance. Please pass on any information you might have to enable him to make the correct decision with this. My heartfelt thanks to you. Pat

Military
Posts: 31
Joined: Mar 2004

I am going thru the same process of trying to make a decision. I too have had three tmors removed but my doctor does not believe in chemo or radiation. He is a proponent of a neo bladder which is his specialty. However, in his case he does not use the colon but a portion of the small intestine. I am now trying to obtain a second and third opinion before commiting. In reading input from others, with only one exception, everyone seems to endorse the neo bladder concept. You can reach me at chooser@earthlink.net. I will pass on any information provided from my doctors. The one that I am waiting to see is a urologist, oncologist and specializes in bladder cancer. He is located in Pasadena, CA.

msmurph
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2004

Hi Chooser, I'm going to try and e-mail you later for all the information you seem to have. And I miss-typed. It is part of his intestine that will be used for the neo-bladder. Actually, from everything I've read, it sounds as if a part of his intestine will be used no matter which of the three choices he goes with. That was one thing he wanted to avoid. That's just one more thing that will have to heal but it sounds as if it's unavoidable. It's a tough decision, isn't it? Thanks for your help. You can e-mail us at justasking@sbcglobal.net

zeke
Posts: 2
Joined: May 2004

On the neo bladder, who is everyone, I've had it done 12/26/03,let me know what info your after it's not all you think.
ZEKE&CREW

zeke
Posts: 2
Joined: May 2004

I had colon cancer & bladder cancer at the same time,they removed the bladder and took the cancer part of the colon out then used 12 to 20 inches to make the new bladder,now I have what they call a neo bladder. I'm trying to locate anyone who has had this done for a yr., or more. If you want info on what I think I'll wait for your reply. My surgery was done in Az, cancer inst.
ZEKE&CREW

Cason
Posts: 1
Joined: Sep 2004

Zeke, could you please email me? My Dad has had his bladder destroyed due to Radiation Seeds. He's seeking an alternative. Please email me at ccason@nemr.net

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