Apr 16, 2010 - 6:22 pm
Hello all. I'm not new to this site but new to bladder cancer. I was a regular on the colon cancer board for many years while my husband battled and BEAT stage III with nodes involved right sided colon cancer. It's been 7 years and AMEN to that.
Our newest delimma is in December 2009, just shortly after his 7 year all clear check and scan for colon cancer, hubby was diagnosed, out of the blue, with transitional cancer of the right ureter. Surgery to remove ureter, bladder cuff, and right kidney was performed three weeks after diagnosis. Pathology report came back State I, fully contained, early stage, BUT grade 3....highly aggressive, which didn't surprise me seeing as how 8 weeks earlier he was all clear on a CT/PET scan. Urology surgeon indicated that no further treatment necessary except close follow-up because of cancer grade.
Fast forward to yesterday, April 15, 2010. Husband goes for his first three month check up and cystoscope of bladder. News not good. Found three tumors....THREE!!!!!!! He will have these surgically removed April 22 and receive, what I believe is BCG (?????) treatment the next morning.
Most importantly, I'm not a fool and I know that having it come back so shortly after surgery is not a good indicator, but can anyone please give me some hope here. All comments, experience, advice, etc. will be so greatly appreciated. Please take the time to respond. Thank you. Monika