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Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

Posted by Leesa on Apr 8, 2019 12:31 am

It  hs been 2 yrs since my husband was diagnoised with agreeseive advnced prostate cancer.  Surgery was not an option however, radiatioin treatment was successful and his PSA levels a currently 0.4%  He has some blood in stool ongoing but we have been told that is due to some damage from radiation but not life threatening.  We are now taking another journey to see if he has bladder cancer.  Abour 3 months ago he noticed blood droplet after he urinated and discomforr with urination. It was sporadic at first.  a few days at a time them it would stop and then come back.  He had urine tests and ultra sound.  There is no infection or stones seen. He is currently booked for cycstoscopy Arp 24/19. For about a month and a half the blood in urine has been daily and comes with and without pain.  Past 2 weeks he has been passing blood clots intermittently and then for the past 4 days his pee was full of blood very red.  

I have read with bladder cancer the blood in uriine can come and go but it will come back. Does the blood become constant as the bladder cancer advances?  or is blood never constanly present with bladder cancer.   .  I also was wondering how long it takes to get the results of the cycstoscopy.

The wait for this appointment has seemed increadibly long.  I actually think my husband is dealing much better with the wait than I am.   Thank you for hearing me out  I appreciate haveing the site to come to.  I do not want to worry my husband with all these questions as he is taking this in stried and in good spirits.  

Re: Bladder Cancer

Posted by ACH2015 on Apr 8, 2019 7:55 am

Hi Leesa‍ 

Sorry to hear you and your husband are dealing with health issues again.

As part of my cancer investigation / surveillance, I have had several cycstoscopy procedures.

The cystoscopy is a visual investigation. If the urologist discovers anything in the bladder during the scope, they can take a biopsy during the procedure. So it depends on how quickly the pathology report comes back, and what information the urologist provides after the procedure.

Your husband is doing the right thing to determine the cause of the bleeding and seek diagnosis and remedy.

Keep well and keep in touch with what you and your husband discover.



Re: Bladder Cancer

Posted by Leesa on Apr 8, 2019 6:20 pm

Thank you for your reply.   I will most likely be here again after we get the results.  


Re: Bladder Cancer

Posted by Cynthia Mac on Apr 9, 2019 7:49 am

Leesa‍ , as always, I agree with ACH2015‍ : you’re wise to be doing further investigation.

My Dad suddenly started to have blood and clots in his urine, and during his investigation, they tole him that it is something that happens to men who have had radiation for prostate. In his case, they said it happens, “about 10 years after,” though, so 2 years sounds very early to be having these symptoms.

Yes, please, do let us know how things go!
“When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” - Japanese saying

Re: Bladder Cancer

Posted by Leesa on Apr 9, 2019 9:20 pm

Thank you I will keep you posted.  


Re: Bladder Cancer

Posted by Leesa on Apr 24, 2019 10:38 pm

My husband had his Cystoscopy today.  No biopsy.  Dr said bleeding was from his past radiation tx for prostate cancer.  It was all very quick.  He now has to do some blood work and they will call with CT date.  Dr. did not talk about ct  scan with my husband just told him to stop at his nurses desk before he leaves.  Not sure if cancer investigation complete and now doctor is just looking to treat bleediing .Just wondering if any one knows what the ct scan and blood work would be for?  Can a cycstoscopy reliably  rule out  bladder cancer?  

Re: Bladder Cancer

Posted by ACH2015 on Apr 26, 2019 10:21 am

Hi Leesa‍ 

When I was scheduled for my cystoscopy, the Urologist said the scans (ultrasound etc...) cannot see or differentiate between flat lesions that may be present on the bladder wall. The scope allows for visual ruling out of any lesions, abnormalities or other issues that are forming or formed.

As for the CT and blood work, perhaps give the specialists office a call. They may just be able to tell you what the tests were specifically booked to test for and check. There are too many possibilities to try to eliminate.

Keep well and keep in touch.

ACH2015 - Andy