I had my meeting with Dr. Neuwirth this afternoon. The news was not that good. The two polyps were actual T1 tumors, which he removed during the TURBT last week. The good news is that BCG treatments should be quite effective against further tumors. The bad news is that it is my bladder that has to undergo these treatments. Dr. Neuwirth seemed hopeful, however. I start the BCG treatments in two weeks and I have to go once a week for six weeks.
BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) is a bacterial preparation of a strain of tuberculosis vaccine. Ã‚Â It is instilled in the bladder with a catheter and needs to remain there at least two hours. The last instillation in 1998 lasted 12 years. So if this works as well as the list time, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be 82!
I felt like I had just lost an important tennis match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ kind of down and low energy. Fortunately, Lady Catherine (my daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best friend) came for dinner and took a lot of the sting out of the news. After she left, I spoke with Mala and the girls and could feel their love and concern. Their reaction was surprisingly calm, as they have a lot of love for me and know that my mindfulness practices and integrative medicine with get me through.