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.