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Steve K. Patient Expert

Mountain Green, Utah
Surprised at a diagnosis of bladder cancer at age 48, there is much hope to prevail over the disease. I am a great fan of life and doing something useful with the limited time we have on this earth. I enjoy my church, my home life, my career in process improvement (which is basically helping... Full Bio
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BCG Round 3 - July 17, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer BCG Round 3 went pretty OK, very similar to last week on instillation day (see details on theBCG Instillation Page- 2/10 on the gross-out scale).Dr. Hopkinswas cheerful and ... Read on »
Pre-BCG #3 Weirdness - July 16, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I got a call this morning from the urology clinic. Nurse Janet (whom I have never met) advised me that my urine sample from last week tested positive, and so I needed to go ... Read on »
BCG Round 2 Post-Mortem - July 11-14, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer No real side effects to speak of. There was some general lethargy and brain fuzziness, plus some non-specific discomfort (almost but not quite a burning sensation in the bla ... Read on »
BCG #2, Vitamin Therapy, and Some Hope - July 9, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer BCG #2 went pretty swimmingly - less trauma than last week on instillation day (see details on theBCG Instillation Page- 2/10 on the gross-out scale).Dr. Hopkinsdouble check ... Read on »
Night Before BCG #2 - July 9, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The week has been blissfully free from side effects in the toilet. Urine is clear as a bell. In addition there's been a slowly growing burning sensation in the bladder, an ... Read on »
Learning From Another's Experience - July 5, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The BCG Experience - compiled from a British guy's cancer blog. He lives in the historic county of Kent and remains anonymous, referring to himself as "A Dived Ref," which I ... Read on »
BCG Special Handling Requirements - July 4, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The written instructions from the Urology Clinic and on theBladder Cancer WebCafe Sitewere both pretty clear: For maximum effect the solution should be instilled when the ... Read on »
BCG Treatment #1 - July 3-4, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Before we left home I tried to relax using the hypnosis deep breathing technique. It didn't help much - I was way out of practice, and I was full of trepidation. The long dr ... Read on »
Respect My Superpowers! - July 3, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Faster than a speeding ballet! More powerful than a loco-pollo!! Able to mount tall toilets at a single bound!!! Look in the sky!It's a bird! It's a plane!! It'sBIOHAZARD MA ... Read on »
Officially Toxic - July 3, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer About 75 minutes ago I had my first instillation ofBCG Bio-Immunotherapy. The instillation procedure (2 out of 10 on the gross-out scale) was painless and lasted less than 2 ... Read on »
Enough About Me - Who Are YOU People? - August 15, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Running a blog and spilling my guts out on the internet has been a great venting tool for me. Besides catharsis, it's also become an easy way to keep family, friends, and co ... Read on »
Medical Second Opinions - August 15, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Hello all. It's really good to be back in the swing of things. Mentally I feel absolutely great. Workwise it's been a pretty busy week. Physically I'm up to nearly "normal ... Read on »
BCG #6 Full Report - August 8, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Happy Crazy 8's Day! (8/8/08) I feel much better than yesterday by contrast, though pretty tired and sore in the bladder region. Side effects have cleared up, so once the so ... Read on »
BCG #6 Mini-Report - Rough Day - August 7, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Hi folks! Today was a pretty rough day - the worst so far. BCG was not started until 11:15, traffic jam coming home, symptoms started earlier, were more dramatic, and ran l ... Read on »
Eve of the Final BCG Treatment, General Cancer Info, and Looking Forward - August 6, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My BCG experience has so far been pretty mild. Certainly not on the level ofADR in England. And now he's sunning himself on a beach in the Azores today without a care in t ... Read on »
BCG Treatment #5 - July 31, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The nurse was new to us and ready to roll right away. She informed me that last week's sample was clear of active infection, which is good news. The Doc was in a cheerful ... Read on »
Four Down - Two to Go! - July 30, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Tomorrow is BCG #5 of six. I hope last week's results established a trend - that side effects will diminish. I have felt absolutely great since last Thursday, much better ... Read on »
Explaining A Different Point of View - July 24, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Most of you tuned in here to see if my side effects got worse today from BCG Treatment #4. I'm pleased to report that they did not. The super-hydration yesterday did the t ... Read on »
BCG Round 4 - July 23, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The instillation process (described on theInstillation Page- 2/10 on the gross-out scale) was the easiest to date. Substituting for Dr. Hopkins was P.A. Liz whodid a commend ... Read on »
Round 3 BCG - Post-Mortem - July 18-21, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Treatment #3 progressed from "no big deal" to "some kind of deal" this week. All day Friday there was no comfortable position - sitting, lying, standing, walking, hunched ov ... Read on »