Finally had my first BCG treatment. I must say, it wasn't bad. I expect it will be worse for the next sessions once the immune response ramps up. For me, the most difficult part was the catheter insertion. Not really painful, but very uncomfortable. I'd definitely rather do this and hope it helps than do nothing!
12/2015 - TURBT, non-invasive T1, mixed grade, 3 tumors
1/2016 - Begin BCG weekly for 6 weeks
After my first TURBT the Doctor told me He would do a second deeper TURBT to make sure it didn't go further , On my second he found some on the ureathra near the prostate so He TURBT it and again a second one will be done in February to make sure its not deeper. they check all samples for cancer to make sure its not invasive.
Diagnosed Sept 2015 noninvasive
1st turbt Oct 3 2015, 2nd turbt Nov 13 bladder,
Completed 6 BCG initial treatments 01/11/16 02/09/16 No Cancer!
08/09/16 Cyto shows red spots on bladder, TURBT prostate scheduled
09/12/16 Cancer is back Ta prostate ,T1 high grade bladder papillary uthelial....
3 years 6 months ago - 3 years 6 months ago#50356by Alan
I found that after the 1st two instillations, I needed to stick around home base for a day. Burning and urgency usually compound the symptoms. Plus by week 8-9 (I was put on a 6 weeks, 6 weeks off then another round of 6 weeks)for a day or two after the instillation the urgency would hit and I had maybe 5 minutes to find a restroom. The day of the instillation by week 8-9 I had just seconds. Everyone, however reacts differently. Some worse, some less. The good news is it passes when done with treatment.
Anyway, ask away as questions arise, someone will be around to help!
DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
My husband (52 years old, CIS) has had 9 BCG treatments so far. One time after voiding the BCG he did not hydrate as much and experienced more bladder pain. He makes sure to push lots of fluids after voiding the BCG which means being near a bathroom. He keeps a "travel" urinal in the car just in case and a brown paper bag to discreetly carry it inside to empty in the toilet. Best wishes on your treatment.