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BCG side effects and bicycle riding

5 months 1 day ago #57956 by RJake1
I'm a rails to trails rider (Trek hybrid). I had BCG on Weds. Did a 16 mile ride Saturday. Felt fine. Didnt enjoy getting caught in thunderstorm but that's a different story.

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5 months 1 week ago #57881 by NelsJenn
Thanks for that comment, Alan. I am going through this BCG treatment thing and it's always great to get your comments.

Regards, Lee

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5 months 1 week ago #57879 by Alan
We all react differently. Some better, some worse than others. The main thing is this is DOABLE, especially if one is prescribed BCG for their case. The are very few good reasons to NOT do it. Cakewalk, no. However, a lot more tolerable than systemic chemo.

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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5 months 1 week ago - 5 months 1 week ago #57877 by NelsJenn
I am considering BCG treatments at this point and it amazes me that you are still able to be so active after your BCG sessions. Didn't your body want to just rest from the fever, chills, and painful urination?

Regards, Lee

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5 months 3 weeks ago #57816 by DenBoy
I was riding frequently when I had my 6 induction BCG infusions (age 75 at the time). The doctor told me that riding would not be an issue - but I found out at once that there was a related problem: frequency.

I had to pee (small amounts ~ 200cc) every hour or so. No problem at work, but damned annoying on my road bike. It might have been lasting effects from my TURBT.

The BCG musta worked, I'm 80 now, still NED - and I'm riding a metric century this coming weekend.

Good luck.
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5 months 4 weeks ago #57777 by sara.anne
This is, of course, a question for your doctor!! We are not doctors, but I suspect the answer would be that you can do anything you feel like doing. That is the advice most of us get, but we are not BICYCLE RIDERS. (Note the caps...I know the difference between bicycle riding and BICYCLE RIDING!)

The day after the first BCG treatment you may feel completely normal. However, one notable side effect as the immune system kicks in is fatigue that increases as the treatments go on. You will probably take shorter bike rides as a result. BUT it is worth it. BCG can be very effective.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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