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Old 03-08-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Smile nodule in bladder

I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The Doctor says he has found at least 4 tumors and recommends surgery within the next couple weeks. Has anybody been through this or has information about it?

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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Re: nodule in bladder

I had a bladder tumor removed in 2005, and I still have cystoscopies once a year. Cystoscopies are uncomfortable, but I don't think they're really painful, although they're definitely a bit more uncomfortable for men than women due to the length of the urethra. If it's a quick peek in the office, you probably won't have any discomfort once it's over.

On the other hand, if it's a very complete look under anesthesia, or if a polyp needs to be removed, you can have some pretty severe bladder spasms when you wake up. There's a medication called pyridium which should be given immediately upon awakening and possibly for a day or two afterwards to prevent the spasms and any burning sensation. I did need the pyridium after the bladder tumor was removed, and after the first cystoscopy post-surgery (6 months, under anesthesia)...but I haven't needed it at after the in-office cystoscopies.

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Old 03-09-2010, 12:15 AM   #3
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Re: nodule in bladder

Thanks for the info.

 
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