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BCG and the Immune System

11 years 4 months ago #21876 by rabyrd
Hi, new to all this. got dx in July along with dx of an unrelated carcinoid tumor in the lung and a nest of kidney stones. anyway, i had second BCG last Thursday and got the flu shot that afternoon with approval from my urologist. He said 'better the flu shot that the flu' and wasn't aware of any contradictions. So far, no issues.

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11 years 4 months ago #21554 by pemquid
I wonder if it makes a difference if you get the flu shot during or shortly after the BCG treatment, as opposed to having already had the flu shot before starting treatment as you did Nix? I just finished my first 6 weeks of BCG in mid-September, so assume a flu shot some time in November might be OK, but SaraAnne has me wondering. Assuming my late October cysto is OK, my first 3 weeks of maintenance BCG will be in December.

Sorry to hear of your diarrhea, SaraAnne. Given how busy I know I'm going to be in December, I sure hope my 3 weeks of maintenance is as uneventful as the initial 6 weeks -- but I do remember you mentioning you had also sailed through the 6 weeks, so I'm not counting my chickens!


Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.

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11 years 4 months ago #21553 by Nix
Sara Anne
I asked my doctor the exact question last year at this time - I got the flu shot in October and had my first 6 BCG in November. I didn't have any problems with the shot or the BCG:)


Nancy S
dx Ta 11/06
dx Ta CIS 10/07

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11 years 4 months ago #21550 by sara.anne
Has anyone received guidance from their doc on immunizations during/after BCG treatment? Something seems to tell me that it might not be a good idea to get my flu shot right now.

Have one more maintenance BCG to get through on Friday. It had to be postponed from last week because I really got hit....lots of fatigue and diarrhea. BTW, I had asked if anyone had diarrhea as a side effect and no one seemed to know if this was expected. I dug into the info pak that I got with my first BCG last spring, and GUESS WHAT? Diarrhea is a listed side effect at the 7% level. Hoe could I be so lucky? Lasted for five days and left me really wiped out. Uro may decrease dose on Friday.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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