Tumors can grow rapidly, but I suspect that the tumors were already there, although probably smaller. "Good medical practice" suggests that the initial TURB be repeated a few weeks later for this very reason. The first time the urologist looks into the bladder, he may not get a really good look....the second time they know a bit better where the problem areas are and can get better samples.
In my case, I was diagnosed with papillary after the first TURB, with several areas that were somewhat questionable. The second time, a few weeks later, the urologist concentrated on the areas that were questionable, and found CIS.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
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You provided very little information in your post, but these cancer tumors grow really fast indeed. They may not have removed all of your tumor during your first TURB and the second TURB(a bladder resection) showed more tumor.
And THAT is the reason we push for 2nd opinions and aggressive treatment. Because if these bastards get out of the bladder, they cause all sorts of hell in the rest of your body. Imagine how tough they need to be to survive in your bladder...... Then think of how easy life can be once they get out.
My timeframe from diagnosis to total baldder removal was 2 1/2 months. That included ultrasound testing, 2 TURB surgeries and the Radical Cystectomy.
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