This long overdue email is about my current status with formerly muscle invasive bladder cancer.
Since my last posting, I have talked to Dr. Meng and he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made the right choice.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He also said that BCG treatments could easily deal with the remaining carcinoma in situ.
BCG is an attenuated tuberculosis vaccine that is instilled directly in the bladder with a catheter. It causes an immune response which gets rid of the BCG and the cancer J! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had two previous BCG treatments in my 17 years of living with cancer and they both were effective.
So I started BCG on July 9 at Marin Specialty Care in Greenbrae with Dr. Neuwirth who had been following me for 17+ years.
The first treatment resulted in a bladder infection which required me to take antibiotics and lose a week, but all is well now.
After the second infusion on July 23, I had this wonderful experience of knowing that the BCG was going to work and work well.
That night, I felt some side effects of the treatment. I became extremely dizzy and had trouble sleeping. As with everything in this universe, this, too has passed.
YesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s treatment went very fast and I was in and out in something like 15 minutes.
Last night, however, I had a slight fever and a mild headache. Today, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m fine. 3 downÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and 3 to goÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be done with cancer on August 20.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been missing your calls and emails! I trust you are all doing well.
May you all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.