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What is the treatment for bladder cancer?

Hi, I m diagnosed with Bladder cancer of 0 stage, papillary carcinoma non invasive low grade. Already 2 tumors been removed thru cystoscopy. I am under my bcg treatment. After 2nd bcg bn put into bladder, I felt more burning sensation compare to 1st installation not only while urinating but also when I held urine for a longer period. I could feel immense burning sensation at d opening of urethral opening. Also I m feeling as neck is chocking, I ve bit of coughing then, sour throat. I took ziphi plus 200 for 5-5 days after every installation. While after having so much of knowledge about my situation I keep feeling as if is there could so thing else as well with body may b a metastasis or can my cancer proceed to next stage? I mean dying mentally everyday. I can t feel happy anymore. Am always sad and angry on others. I hate looking at people with healthy life. Is it true I ll not live more? My dr doesn t talk much with me. I also feel uncomfortable all the time as if something is moving in the urinary area I feel bit itchy at that part from within...This gives scary feeling...i don t know y it s happening to me?
Fri, 26 Dec 2014
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Please dont panic. You have superficial bladder cancer which has a very good prognosis and rarely spreads to other parts. It may come back in the bladder later but even then it just needs to be removed through cystoscope and remains superficial. If at any of these resections it is seen to invade the underlying muscle, only then is it dangerous and needs more extensive surgery. The problems that you are feeling are probably due to the side effects of the bcg which causes urinary infections resulting in itching, burning, etc. Just get a urinary routine microscopy done and if it shows any infection, take a course of antibiotics in consultation with your doctor. Dont interrupt your bcg and take the recommended doses.You'll be fine.
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What is the treatment for bladder cancer?

Please dont panic. You have superficial bladder cancer which has a very good prognosis and rarely spreads to other parts. It may come back in the bladder later but even then it just needs to be removed through cystoscope and remains superficial. If at any of these resections it is seen to invade the underlying muscle, only then is it dangerous and needs more extensive surgery. The problems that you are feeling are probably due to the side effects of the bcg which causes urinary infections resulting in itching, burning, etc. Just get a urinary routine microscopy done and if it shows any infection, take a course of antibiotics in consultation with your doctor. Dont interrupt your bcg and take the recommended doses.You ll be fine.