BCG: is a weakened bacterium that will stimulate your immune system to fight the cancer cells. These bacteria will not cause disease.
Interferon: a natural chemical made by your body which can now be artificially produced. When mixed with BCG it helps treat bladder cancer by stimulating your immune system and fighting the cancer cells.
Treatments are scheduled in blocks of 6-8 appointments approximately 1week apart. After the initial block of treatments , there is a rest period of approximately 4-6 weeks before a cystoscopy is performed to evaluate the status of your bladder. Depending on the results another course of treatments may scheduled or a shorter maintenance course of 3 treatments or once a month treatment may be arranged.
Avoid excessive coffee (1/2 cup is fine), decrease fluid intake before your treatment as you will be requested to hold your bladder for 2 hours after the procedure.
A small catheter will be inserted into your bladder. Your bladder will be drained and approximately 2 oz of medicine will be placed in your bladder, the catheter will then be removed.
If the side effects worsen with each successive appointment, please let us know as we may be able to adjust the medication dose or change the medication completely.
If you should develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) – burning, frequency, urgency or foul odor to your urine; or you can see blood in your urine CALL the office we may need to obtain a urine culture and possibly reschedule your appointment.
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