Mar 30, 2010 - 1:04 pm
My wife had her right kidney, ureter, part of her bladder, and two lymph nodes removed on February 24, 2010. There was cancer in her kidney, ureter,and one lymph node. She was diagnosed with transitional cell/urothelial cancer (I assume these are different terms for the same disease) and the staging was T3,N1,M0 - stage III. Her urologist encouraged us to visit a medical oncologist, which we did. The oncologist at first said the standard course of treatment was observation, but when we told this to her urologist at a follow up appointment, he said that it's an aggressive cancer that has to be treated aggressively. The oncologist is now recommending a 4-cycle treatment of Cisplatin and Gemzar. As I understand it, each of the four cycles is a 6-hour IV treatment the first week, a 1.5-hour treatment the second week, the third week is off, and then it starts all over again. We have not visited a radiation oncologist yet, but I imagine we will soon. I've seen some postings about transitional cell/urothelial cancer, but couldn't seem to find any describing the treatment and outcome. Has anyone had experience with this treatment and would you share what you've learned? Thank you.