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I had BCG chemo for bladder cancer & developed serious infection requiring hospitalization. What other chemo drug can be used?
It depends: Bcg sepsis is a known, yet uncommon complication of BCG treatment for bladder cancer. The next option really depends on your specific bladder cancer - your urologist will be bettre ablet o discuss this with you. The next option may be for intravesical mitomycing, intravesical valrubicin, or possibly cystectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any care centers that will administer BCG (surgery and chemo not options) and care for an infectious non-healing wound? Need help!
BCG?: Practicing medicine in the us, bcg is not given; you may be referring to a tuberculin skin test. The infectious non-healing wound will require additional studies to determine its cause. In both cases, a referral to an infectious diseases specialist is appropriate. Both issues can be addressed directly by the id doctor. ...Read more
Bladder cancer path showed stage 1 noninvasive. Instead of next step being chemo or BCG Dr is doing another biopsy to "re-look". Opinions please?
Rebiopsy possible: Pre invasive bladder Ca means lesion is confined to lining and has not invaded muscle. No problem in rebiopsy but after that even if neg. there is usually a field effect in which benign appearing cells adjacent to a tumor are p remalignant. On that basis it would be better to have BCG treatment after the second look and then follow carefully ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Bcg is a topical therapy that is essentially a type of immune based therapy applied only to bladder cells. Traditional chemotherapy is given intravenously and thus all body cells are exposed. Some chemotherapy drugs can be given topically like BCG and probably exert their effect via typical cancer cell-killing compared to immune stimulating effects of BCG similarly administered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sir it was muscle free of tumor of urinary bladder doctor said there's need for bcg vaccines its T1 can u tl is chemotherapy needed?
N wt abt procedr
Question : don't understand your question completely. Free questions on HealthTap have a limited number of characters. Re-ask your question or consider a consult via HealthTap prime or concierge. ...Read more
Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: it depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more
Very small amounts: Chemotherapy is very rapidly metabolized in the body after being given. Some have half lifes measured in minutes and other in hours to days. That means most chemotherapy is completely metabolized to inactive products with in hrs to days after administration. Any residual amounts are so small that they would be destroyed by the heat in cremation and would slowly become inert under burial conditions. ...Read more