Hi all. First of all, it's great to find a forum like this with so many positive messages and the opportunity to get information and support. I feel a little bit like I might be here under false pretenses... I guess I'll tell my story and if anyone feels motivated to comment or give information, it will be much appreciated.
I got referred to the hospital for cystoscopy after a series of water infections getting more regular and more severe. I was possibly referred a little later than I might have been because the first couple of infections happened when I was living abroad (I moved back to the UK from China 18 months ago). The last infection was a couple of weeks ago and I passed a couple of clots of blood. I assumed it was encroaching age, my GP thought not - I am 49.
It was quite evident on the cystoscopy screen that there was a growth that shouldn't be there. The doctor simply said that it was a tumour, that it would have to come out and that he couldn't say whether it was cancerous or not until it had been biopsied. The procedure he (briefly) described was obviously the TURBT that has been referred to in this forum. I was told that I would get an appointment through to be readmitted for the procedure. I have done the standard "Doctor Google" thing and I'm assuming that it will be removal followed by some kind of local chemotherapy drug inserted into the bladder, but none of his was explained to me in much detail. I feel a bit stupid as an educated and generally confident person that I just said "nope" when the nurse asked me if I had any questions...
As a matter of interest, I'm not a smoker and I don't have any other obvious risk factors that would explain why the fickle finger of fate has poked me. I do recall the doctor in the hospital saying that the tumour appears to be on the interior wall of the bladder and not very deep so I'm guessing that it is non-muscle invasive.
My wife has very sensibly suggested that I get a non-urgent appointment back with my GP so I can ask all the questions that I obviously should have asked at the time. This all happened yesterday (Friday) afternoon so that's my job for Monday morning.
Questions off the top of my head: does this sound like a familiar experience? How long till my appointment comes through? How long will I be off work after the process? How crap will I feel? Who's going to win next year's Grand National? What are tonight's winning lottery numbers? Any suggestions or guidance would be very much appreciated. Thanks!