Mar 21, 2010 - 7:42 pm
When originally diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer, we were told the journey ahead would be long and hard. The left kidney was already enlarged due to a tumor encasing the ureter. This resulted in urine retention in the kidney and we were told that a nephrostomy tube would have to be placed in my husband's back connecting to a bag secured with a belt at his waist to relieve the urine collecting in the kidney. His commitment to beating cancer allowed him the will and positive attitudee to accept this as a means to the end of recovery.
Since we have successfully gone thru four months of chemo therapy. Now we have to face the Bag vs. Neo Bladder decision. My husband is a strong and active 69 year old. He wants to return to snow skiing, bowling, gardening and swimming with his five grandchildren. He has handled the nephrostomy tube with a totally healthy attitude. He has been told that he can safely return to all of his previous activities with the "bag". We have read several comments on the Neo Bladder and the recovery and are wondering why so many people are so adamant anti "bag".
Please share why the "neo bladder" with its potentially compromising results and longer recovery should be considered. We really do want to know. Thank you, Neeni