Bladder Cancer - 1st BCG Maintenance Series (3 of 3) Final Analysis - November, 2008
Posted Nov 15 2008 7:11am
I'm pleased to report that BCG treatment #3 of 3 for my first maintenance series went much better than expected.Symptoms started later, were MUCH milder, and peaked sooner than the first two in the series. Since my symptoms from #2 (with a 50% BCG dose) were stronger than #1 (at full dose),Dr. Hopkinssaid we would drop to a 30% dose. He indicated he was reluctant to go any lower than that, and I concurred - barring new published evidence to indicate lower dosages than 1/3 are equally effective. He also recommended taking 800mg of ibuprofen when I got home, and again before bedtime, to counteract the severe cramping I experienced in the right, lower back and abdomen the last two times.
There was a bit of confusion with the staff on how to prepare the reduced dosage...