Is "preventive chemo" a good idea?

I'm a 69 year old Asian male, diagnosed with Stage 0-1 bladder cancer last July 2016. I had a non-invasive tumor removed last August 1 and took six weekly chemo (mitocytin) sessions. I have since then been taking supplements per advise of a wellness doctor, mostly for "detox" and to strengthen my immune system and correct nutrient deficiencies. Post-chemo tests have indicated a positive prognosis and I am actually feeling healthier than when I started, probably due to the supplements and a diet change (mostly vegetarian, low-carb, organic and gluten free). My urologist now recommends another six chemo sessions as a "preventive measure". I want to wait for the results of my next cystoscopic examination end of November before deciding. You've probably asked (or heard) the same question at one time or another: "If there's no tumor, why put poison in your body?" Does anyone have any thoughts on "preventive chemo"? Thank you and wishing everyone well.

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  • Hi

    Sounds like you've been able to manage your BC well, good to hear you're feeling fitter even than when you started! Go veggie food (I've been veggie most of my life but since diagnosis have cut down on dairy and increased fruit and vegetable intake significantly and also feel better than before).

    I've also got non invasive BC but grade 2 and have had mitomycin for 8 weekly doses. My last two cystoscopies were clear and I'm about to have a multi point biopsy. I've been recommended monthly mitomycin doses afterwards for a couple of years (gulp). For me the mitomycin seems to have worked ( I had to have 4 TURBT's this year) and I think my nutrition supports the effect.

    I'd say another 6 sessions for you if it keeps the BC away would be worth it, it is rather prone to return apparently. Although mitomycin is poison it goes exactly where we need it and doesn't go into the bloodstream. Having said that it does totally knock me out, it's certainly no picnic.

    Good luck and best wishes I hope it goes well for you. Keep us posted.

  • citizenlito i guess it is better to be safe than sorry. I have been going through maintenance BCG and it makes me feel terrible but research suggests it is the best way to stop the tumour returning. I say keep up the chemo and have no regrets! Good luck.

  • I also have BC it's back now for the 3rd time. Just finished 6 more weeks of bcg. Right, no picnic. So what's the point. Isn't it about " quality of life". That is a medical term. What's the pont. Let's here a success story. How many times does it keep coming back? Just a bit fed up I guess. Good luck!

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