My Doctor just called with the lab results from my procedure last week.
Good news: The cancer is a low grade bladder cancer. It’s not aggressive. There is no known relationship to my carcinoid tumor. We meet in his office on the 19th next week to remove the stent.
Bad news: It recurs frequently. About 50% likelihood of recurrence and then we have to do this all over again.
The Doctor said now that he knows for sure what it is, if it recurs, he can treat the bladder with a chemo after removing the tumor which will decrease the likelihood of recurrence. He also said that “now everyone at the hospital knows the special procedures for you” so there should not be any problems. Maybe I’m a little cynical but it’s a large hospital so I do not think “everyone” or even all of the anesthesiologists are aware of what has been done twice for me. But, at least it’s on record.
I feel much better today. No pain killers since Sunday evening. Still very tired but I have been out to breakfast with friends Sunday and made trips to the dentist and my PCP (personal care physician) today. I am going to a meeting tonight and plan to attend my meditation meeting tomorrow night.
So I will be checked again for bladder cancer in September, carcinoid cancer progression in August or September. Let’s hope we have no more drama then or between now and then… I want a good summer!
May we all have the best possible outcomes!