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Recovering from TURBT Surgery #1 for Bladder Cancer - April, 2008

Posted Oct 21 2008 12:19am

Post-surgery there are a number of things to deal with. The top matter of strategic importance is that my "bouncing baby tumors" were sent to a lab for analysis. The lab can determine how deep the cancer has penetrated to confirm the doctor's suspicion that the cancer is non-invasive. They will also rate the strength of the cancer, high, medium, or low. This process is called "staging" and uses a standardized alphanumeric system that will be explained later, when we get the staging. Jackie, the surgical coordinator, says it takes 3 days for the lab to get the results back to them, so that would be on Monday. According to Dr. Chuck, these things are NEVER discussed on the phone. I called Dr. Hopkins' office on both Thursday and Friday and asked for a post-surgical appointment. They told me that the doc still has my chart, and therefore they have no instructions ...
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