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Why I have been a bit quite.

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Madfisher, Feb 10, 2019 at 10:53 AM.

  1. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Hi guys,
    About last april I noticed I had some stinging and burning when I was urinating. I put it down to a mild UTI and hoped it would get better.
    In May I did go and see a doctor and he tested me for UTI s which come back negative
    In August while camping with friends at lake St Clair I mentioned to my mate Wayne my systems, and he told me to get back to the doctor and get checked out for prostate or bladder cancer.
    When I got back we where really busy at work and did not get around to making a doctors appointment straight away.
    Then I noticed blood in my urine and hit the panic buttons. Wife pulled some strings and with in two days i was getting scanned.Turned out I had a growth in my bladder.
    Then got and appointment with a specialist urologist, and had the scrape down mid October. When we went back for a follow up, we could see he was extremely uncomfortable, turned out I had a rare but very aggressive form of cancer . He was of the opinion that I would need my bladder removed, plus chemo buggar. We where due to go on a cruise with in two weeks to NZ so he suggested we go. It was a bit hard to relax with that hanging over my head, but it was a great experience.
    We flew back , and did not even come home , as we had and appointment with the oncologist at Nepean hospital. After seeing her i was some what more optimistic , but she wanted another biopsy done to determine how deep in the bladder wall was the cancer. If it was deep, it ment radical surgery and chemo, if shallow i would just have the BCG treatment( this is where the put the TB virus into your bladder for a couple of hours)
    I had the 2nd biopsy done mid december , then had to wait to mid January for the results.
    Bloody good news, when they went back in they could not find any cancer cells, so now i am 2/3 the way through the BCG treatment at the local hospital.
    I am feeling quite well, except for fatigue which is a normal side effect.
    So guys any burning, or frequent urgency , get to your doctor and get checked out, dont let him fob you off either.
    I was very lucky.
    Cheers Guys
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  2. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2016
    Great news Pete, I have never heard of the BCG treatment.
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  3. Missniss

    Missniss Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    Oh wow, I am happy to hear that you are doing well. Never heard of BCG either.
    I might push my 20 yr old to go see the doc, he doesn't have the burning, but a few of the other symptoms :(
  4. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    The bcg treatment entails puting the TB virus into your bladder via a cathered for a couple og hours. The TB virus attacks any remaing cancer cells
    cheers Pete.
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  5. Rod Bender

    Rod Bender Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2016
    You will be back amongst the fish before you know it Pete!
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  6. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    LOl Jim I still have been having a fish,but shorter sessions. Got 5 carp on fly yesterday.
    Cheers Pete
  7. Master Baiter

    Master Baiter Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2017
    Good news Pete hope all ends well. Wally
  8. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2016
    Geez, Pete, that must have scared the hell out of you being told that you had a rare & aggressive form of cancer.

    Good to see that it has taken a turn for the better.

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  9. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Yes it did mate, made it hard to 100% enjoy the cruise.The oncologist was more up beat. THe urologist is a teaching professor and one of the best in his field, and for him to say that it was a one in 10000 cases, and he was not sure how to proceed did frighten the hell out of me. I started writing out a detailed will, with was to go whom etc.
    Lucky I am a fairly positivie person and find it hard to start down for more then a day or two lol.
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  10. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2016
    Great to hear you are on the mend old mate - next thing you just need to get out and wet a line.

    Thanks for the informative post - I dont go to the quack unless I am severely under the weather, but with a history of cancer in my family I will be sure to go get checked out if any symptoms arise.

    Good luck mate

  11. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Thanks mate, appreciate that. I have been getting out for a few short fishs. Just not the ultra marathons we norm,ally do , walking 16ks in a daY ETC.
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  12. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    s--t that was a close one M.F just goes to show get out there and have some fishing trips etc while u can, I am
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