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BCG Side Effects - How Long?

3 years 5 months ago #51055 by Mike M
Thanks Alan,

Sure hope I can look back 8 yrs too...congrats to you and Sara Anne! Just wondering if the side effects (mostly fatigue and fuzzy brain) can linger on for several more weeks or months? Of course, the fuzzy brain could just be the onset of Alzheimers I suppose, ha, ha! If the side effects do become problematic, I'll certainly contact my Uro. Thanks again!

- Mike

12/15 - Diagnosed Ta HG, 1.5cm Pap, Focal CIS
3/16 - Began BCG following NCCN and SWOG guidelines
2/19 - Ta HG recurrence and CIS/Ta HG in right kidney/ureter
2/19 - Nephroureterectomy to remove right kidney/ureter
6/19 - BCG x 30 completed

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3 years 5 months ago - 3 years 5 months ago #51054 by Alan
Mike,

For what I remember as it is almost 8 years ago, it took about 2 weeks to feel back close to normal. If your symptoms persist much longer I would certainly be calling my URO for some help in meds. A long those lines, if you are going to have more I would look at possibly changing the strength to 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 as this should help in decreasing in intensity without affecting the efficacy.

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.
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3 years 5 months ago #51053 by Mike M
Hello Friends,
Finished up my initial 6-wk BCG induction course 2 weeks ago, and was wondering how long should I expect the side effects to linger long-term? Specifically...fatigue, frequency/urgency, mild burning and mild cramping?

12/15 - Diagnosed Ta HG, 1.5cm Pap, Focal CIS
3/16 - Began BCG following NCCN and SWOG guidelines
2/19 - Ta HG recurrence and CIS/Ta HG in right kidney/ureter
2/19 - Nephroureterectomy to remove right kidney/ureter
6/19 - BCG x 30 completed

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