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Old 03-23-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Worried about possibility of bladder cancer

I'm 47, male, and my grandmother died from bladder cancer. She was a lifelong smoker, and heavy coffee drinker. The only time I smoked was very briefly in my late teens. I only smoked maybe a pack or two total in my whole life. My mother smoked while pregnant with me, in case that is relevant.

Anyway, I am scheduled to see a urologist next week, but I am panicking because my websurfing has me worried that I may have BC.

I went to see my GP last November because of bubbles in my urine. I don't know if this is a recent thing or not, but I believe I have had that before. He checked for protein (24 hour collection), but found nothing. No UTI either. I'm concerned it could be due to a fistula between my bladder and colon or rectum, which could be caused by a tumor. He doubts it. I did have trace blood, but he said that was normal. I've never had rusty or dark urine.

I just had a renal ultrasound, and it was normal except for a small gallstone. However, it didn't scan the bladder area.

However, in discussing this problem it came out that at times I have a burning feeling when I urinate. Not always, and I have had this for many, many years, and it isn't a strong or painful burning. The first time I went to a doctor to check on it was probably 15-20 years ago. They suspected UTI, but there was none. As for frequency or urgency, that's where it gets a little ambiguous. I have a family history of diabetes, and when I first started experiencing frequent urination, I became concerned that I had diabetes. I didn't.

The frequency thing though comes and goes. Most of the time, I don't seem to have any problem with frequency. Every now and then I might have a day where I pee more than usual. Although I have never had a problem with having to get up at night. The urgency question is even murkier. Again, maybe at times I have had the need to go right away, but not very often.

Any lower back pain I have had, I have always thought to be related to poor posture, or sleeping on my stomach. When there is some pain, it's when I bend over or something. It's not an abiding or sharp pain. Just feels like normal lower back pain.

As for abdominal pain, I have had some minor episodes of that, but again, that is something I've had throughout my life. I think most people occasionally have abdominal pain. It's usually just a cramp that goes away in a few seconds, and doesn't last longer than a day.

I know you can't really diagnose someone over the internet, but if you have any guidance or helpful info, I would appreciate it. A week seems like a year to wait to see the urologist. Thanks.

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Old 04-20-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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Re: Worried about possibility of bladder cancer

I know nobody responded, but I just thought I would post an update for anyone that may have a similar problem. I had a cystocscopy today and it was normal. Doc says the foamy urine is probably nothing.

Old 10-26-2011, 05:47 AM   #3
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Re: Worried about possibility of bladder cancer

How did the cystoscopy feel? My doc recommended one for me. Some reported that it was painful.

Old 10-26-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
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Re: Worried about possibility of bladder cancer

Originally Posted by jerrow View Post
How did the cystoscopy feel? My doc recommended one for me. Some reported that it was painful.
It was not pleasant. I had read that there was a little discomfort, but not that bad. Um, not for me. It hurt. Sorry.

BTW, the results were normal and all appears to good.

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