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To Go or Not to Go ?

I had bladder cancer around 9 years ago and now I don't.
Surgery was done trans-urethra with fibre optic instruments. All is well.
I go to see the surgeon every 4-6 months and he does a cystoscope exam which I expect is what you will have
Each time no cancer seen.
For those wondering or worried, a cystoscope in a modern hospital puts a flexible instrument with camera and light (and lumen for fluid) up into the bladder and he looks around. The cystoscope is in medical sizes "sixteen French" which seems to be about 5mm. Before the procedure the nurse cleans the head of the penis and squirts Lidocaine gel into the urethra to numb things. It is an odd feeling but not painful with a feeling of pressure as they pass the prostate (at least for me). When they look around inside they put saline solution into the bladder so they can see every nook and cranny. They drain it out but after the tube comes out you might piss yourself. That is a small price to pay for knowing you are cancer free.
If the doctor has not called to reschedule it he must feel it is important. If he calls to reschedule he must think things are likely to be OK.
If this is the first cystoscope exam after surgery I am a bit surprised. Here in the US the first cysto is usually at 3 months, then 4-6 month intervals after that.


Good luck for the exam and also for your wife's illness.
I`ve had 4 BCG sessions and this will be the third cystosopy since surgery , I do get lower back pain and also some lower flank twinges but I`ve had these on and off for decades , other than the cancer I`m pretty fit , not over weight , dont smoke , eat healthy and walk over 35 miles a week .
 
You'll find the hospital absolutely empty, nobody at all in there. All lists for endoscopy units will have been cancelled other than for emergency procedures like fixing bad ulcers or for cancer treatment. I was on the endoscopy unit Thursday and the staff didnt have a single patient all day, this was in a local hospital, however last week I was in an acute hospital which was the same, both empty.

What type of Hospital is? Does it have an A & E for instance?

I have almost bumped into numerous covid patients on the corridor, being wheeled by porters or paramedics all masked and gowned up. I've been lucky to spot them from a distance and do an about turn and go another way, I think this would be your main danger.

With regards chemo, Im sure Ive read your immune system is back to normal 28 days after your last chemo, you'd have to check. I've had a camera down the japseye and it was only a small procedure (badum tshh),over and done with in a couple of minutes. If you went and wore a mask and goggles, showered and washed your clothes afterwards, used alcohol gel and washed your hands a lot, stayed away from your Mrs for 3 weeks I reckon you'd be fine. Or you could postpone it until we have passed the peak, maybe 2 weeks. Its your health, and its up to you.
 
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merchantman

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I am in a similar situation. I had badder cancer in 2013 had the surgery and 6 instillations of chemo, (Mitomycin-C), all was well for a while. I had a small reoccurance in 2015 which was cauterised. Again all well for a while was having cystoscopy every 12 months. In December 2019 had another reoccurrance which showed on a routine cystoscopy, again removed.
I am now high risk of reoccurance of low grade tumours.

I was due to have BCG therapy and 3 monthly cystoscopies to ensure it did not come back. The BCG was postponed as it messes with the imune system and therefore not recommended in the current climate. The 3 monthly check has been out off until June as the hospital (Addenbrookes in Cambridge) is cancelling all non-urgent surgery. I had a chat with the surgeon and she is happy with that as any reoccurance is likely to be low grade and she felt it safer to wait another 3 months than to go into hospital at the moment anyway. The did manage to fit me in for a CT scan before the full lockdown which came back all clear. I go for the rigid cystoscopy which is done under a general anaesthetic as I am a coward and don't fancy being awake when the shove a camera up my knob. Also due to my unfeasibly large penis they have to connect two lengths of tube together to reach my bladder, this is done with grey tape and getting the join in there is quite uncomfortable.
 
BiL is a cancer surgeon, of the ladies dept variety, his five year survivability rates are sh*te, but it's not because of him, iykwim...

He's carrying on surgery as normal, but his routine follow up stuff has been knocked on the head.
His patients are all referred by other specialists so pre surgery stuff is minimal also, he's the last option available.
He's been 'refreshed' on ventilator and respiratory medicine, if the balloon really does go up.
Sis,ex A&E ward sister, kept her tickets up to date despite retiring to 'live the good life' years ago, did a bit of clipboard work, infection control an all that, for holiday spends.
She's been pulled in, and gowned up, I think they might need more than a couple of masks to stop her 'advising' them on their practices....
She'll probably end up being lamped by an overworked angel.
That'd be worth a clap!
 
Mate of mine had aggressive cancer of the liver over a year ago.
They removed one liver.
Some months later the same cancer decided it would have another go, and a large swelling appeared on his neck.
He had radiotherapy on this.
A week ago or so he had to go to Poole General for a routine scan to see how things were going.

He was the only person on the bus, from Swanage to Poole.
He entered the hospital, got told to stand behind a line on the ground. He was escorted to the scanning room, reckoned he had 40+ doors opened and closed on the way, job done, 40+ doors opened and closed, back on the bus, only passenger all the way home.

This was a week or so ago, but they appear to be doing an incredible job.

OI!!! Liver's the same as sausages. ONE ONLY!
 

StBob072

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Fang_Farrier

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What do the medical professionals day when you ask them?
Personally I'd go.

Medical professionals should no longer make absolute decisions on risk, we should present the pros and cons of doing and not doing whatever it is and then patient should make final decision.

This change is due to an obstetrician deciding not to inform a patient of risk to a child because they thought it unlikely.
 
I'd pay good money for anyone NEVER to do it EVER again....

In my in my soldierly yoof I was informed I might have socialised with an unclean young lady. I went to the civvy clinic, and it felt to me that the female nurse who was smiling at me shoved a broomstick wrapped with barbed wire down mine to get a sample.

Luckily I was not unclean.
 
The message from my cancer nurse last month was:

" Technically you are classed at slightly higher risk having been diagnosed with cancer and currently on intermittent, although lower risk within this category.
As a cancer patient we are still planning on going ahead with your check .
We will contact you if anything changes. PS Cant wait to see you huge cock again
" (okay I made the last bit up )
 
The message from my cancer nurse last month was:

" Technically you are classed at slightly higher risk having been diagnosed with cancer and currently on intermittent, although lower risk within this category.
As a cancer patient we are still planning on going ahead with your check .
We will contact you if anything changes. PS Cant wait to see you huge cock again
" (okay I made the last bit up )

Wasn't very nice of your nurse to make that up.
 

Brotherton Lad

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I'd say ask the consultant. Ours squeezed my wife (ooo, err, Mister) into the last session of chemo in mid-March and then we agreed to go home and hide for 6 weeks. We'll have a telephone consultation early in May and see how the wind is blowing then.

Each individual case is obviously different.
 

Gout Man

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I'd pay good money for anyone NEVER to do it EVER again....
I know what you mean, I had it it was stinging like nothing on earth, through gritted teeth I asked “is it nearly over,”?
“No, we haven’t started yet, that’s just the local“. It’s definitely worse than a camera up the bum.
i would cancel, phone up Tuesday morning and speak to someone in the department.

Good luck @CptDanjou and your wife in your fight against cancer.
 

Tongnye

Clanker
know the feeling mateo_Omy mrs has to endure having her left lung cavity drained every friday, my chemo is only every 3 weeksnow , but its the contrast shite in my 4 weekly scans that really fxxx me up , up here in sunny toowoomba self isolation just means no hair pulling in the scrum:mad: my mrs is lucky she at least has her liquimorph, I am stuck with Mekong
 

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