I guess my answer would depend upon how well your father is able to take care of his basic needs . I know some 90+ individuals who are still driving and are fully competent and I know some 60-year-olds who aren’t .
BCG is normally not a terribly difficult treatment to undergo Following administration there is going to be urinary urgency for several hours and the patient needs to be a little bit careful about personal hygiene due to the fact that BCG is a live bacterial preparation . If your father can handle this there should not be a major problem but you might want to discuss with the urologist exactly what the procedure will be and what the aftercare will entail so that both you and your father will be comfortable with it
There are several protocols for BCG treatment but the most usual one consists of once a week for six weeks If this goes well a maintenance series is recommended often and this usually entails once a week for three weeks every two or three months for about two years The side effects are usually cumulative and tend to increase as the treatment goes on This is because the immune system is reacting and this is exactly what the BCG is intended to do . Side effects most commonly include fatigue and urinary burning and urgency. They usually only last a few days .
You did mention that your father‘s cancer is invasive ? Are you sure you didn’t mean to say hi grade as BCG is not commonly used for invasive bladder cancer .
Again I would urge you to discuss your father’s individual situation with the urologist as only he and you can decide what is best .
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BCG; BCG maintenance
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My 96 years old father has tumor on his bladder and he had it removed and the result of biopsy he has invasive cancer and the urology told him to get a BCG treatment and I am worried of the side effect ! so a am responsible for his well bieng I am confused and I hope somebody can give there opinion