Re: bladder cancer
Not sure. Why exactly did they do a urine sample and what type of urine tests did they do? If they did a urine cytology, it may have shown some cancerous cells, but the question is...why did they do it in the first place? Was he having symptoms, and if so, what were they?
The bladder is made up of three layers...the topmost layer is transitional cells, then there's a layer called the lamina propria, and then there's the muscle layer. If he's got some cancerous transitional cells but nothing has gone into the lamina propria, then it would be highly treatable. Treatment would depend on what's going on...he might have a very tiny tumor in the transitional cell layer, which would simply be removed. If it's not a localized tumor, then it might be treated with internal chemotherapy (introduced into the bladder). Either way, if it hasn't gone into the lamina propria, then it's first stage and that would be a good thing.
He will definitely need more testing to determine what's what. However, in addition to the IVP and ultrasound, he should definitely have a thorough cystoscopy.
It is possible for a few cancerous cells to show up in urine cytology, but not develop into much. I had a first stage malignant bladder tumor removed in 2005. Since then I've been followed very closely with cystoscopies, urine cytology and a very specific test called F.I.S.H. which can detect bladder cancer before it even becomes a tumor. Every time they do the F.I.S.H. on me it shows a few cancerous cells, yet in three years I've had no recurrence of the bladder cancer. Apparently my immune system is healthy enough to zap those few cancer cells before they can grow into a tumor.
Last edited by SamQKitty; 09-10-2008 at 08:51 AM.