Mom's journey with BC, ironically, her initials.

My mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer 10 yrs. ago. She had surgery, was able to keep her bladder, followed with just a couple of doctor's visits, decided to quit going back and had no further problems.
A few weeks ago blood appeared in her urine again. The urologist visit confirmed that the bc had returned and she's having surgery today.
I've done quite a bit of research here, which will be helpful in her post-op discussions with her doctor.
My greatest hope is that she'll be cancer free and the second is that she'll be able to keep her bladder. She's a very active, healthy 88 yr. old, with a positive attitude, but adapting to a different way of living might be difficult at this point in her life. With that said, she also won't have the challenges of being a young woman with children, husband and a sex life to incorporate into loss of bladder, if it comes to that.
She'll be very relieved when today is over and there's more information about the outcome. She now seems eager to abide by her doctors orders and return for all of the follow up visits.
This website has been a gift of information and support in providing me with knowledge that will be invaluable, for both my mother and myself as she moves down this road.
Thank-you to all.
Randi

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Here's prayers that having the tumors removed and maybe BCG is all she will need. The surgery is a very major one and would be difficult for a person your mom's age. Chances are that this will not be the case anyway since she was treated successfully many years ago.
Hugs,
Nancy

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Hi Randi,

Glad to see your post. Hope your Mom's bladder is either benign or if she must have cancer that it is low grade and non-invasive. Looking forward to hearing of her news.

jj

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Good wishes going up to your Mom for a good result and speedy recovery. She sounds like a pretty neat lady!

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Prayers and good wishes to your mother. The importance of follow up of bladder cancer cannot be stressed enough . Our urologist actually told us that most of his patients that run into trouble are those that had a laid back attitude and did not keep follow up appointments after a few clear results. Vigilance is so important.

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Thinking of you this week and hope your mom can follow a treatment plan that isn't too demanding due to her age.

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Thanks so much to all of you who replied. I have no doubt that this forum will continue to be a great source of information and support as we keep moving along this journey.

My mother's surgery to remove her tumor on Monday went well although the tumor was larger than anticipated so took longer to remove.
She also had some post-op complications that eventually got resolved, but kept her in the hospital a 2nd night and we returned home on Weds.

On Thurs. we went back (1 1/2 hrs. from her home) for catheter removal and lab results. Unfortunately it is high grade cancer (I forgot to ask what stage) so she returns Nov. 14th for the outpatient (hopefully) procedure of bladder wall biopsy and scheduling of BCG treatments.
Her attitude for now is positive, upbeat and with the determination to make the most of whatever outcome she's given. Despite being a very active and young 88 yr. old she is grateful that this didn't happen decades ago, with a young family to care for, as is the case with some.
I don't want to get ahead of myself, until we know whether the cancer has invaded the bladder wall or muscle, but I've done a lot of reading and briefly raised the possibility of radical cystectomy with her doctor. He didn't seem to think that it would be recommended for someone her age and I doubt that she'd agree to such major surgery at this point so we'll keep our fingers crossed and continue to say our prayers.

My very best wishes to all the survivors and family members going through the same and my deep gratitude for your willingness to share your knowledge and strength during such a challenging time.

Randi

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Hi Randi,

Although it is dangerous to speculate, I would think that if BCG is being done, the stage at this point must be T1 or less. Hope all goes well with next biopsy (perhaps not enough muscle wall in the resection for accurate staging) and that it will bring good news. Best wishes for the best possible news.

jj

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