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Comment from: nanny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

Four days after being involved in a car accident I experienced sudden bleeding upon urination. I received treatment in the emergency room without good results. They tried to flush my bladder with saline. Several hours later I was released with a Foley bag and instructed to see my urologist the next day. Surgery was scheduled for the next day. A tumor was discovered and removed. My diagnosis was non-invasive papillary urothelial, carcinoma grade 3, and high grade. I did 6 weeks of BCG. Three years later I developed another tumor. Removal and another round of BCG. I've been clear for 1 1/2 years. My next checkup is in a month.

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Comment from: Shipwreck, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I was having severe anemia due to uterine fibroids and knew I was at hysterectomy stage. I went for an ultrasound and MRI for my fibroids and subsequent surgery. The ultrasound revealed a tumor on my bladder and the MRI did not. I followed up with a urologist and he thought it would be crazy for me to have a bladder tumor as I do not have any risk factors. He said the only thing was to do a cystoscopy and look to see if there truly was a tumor. I did have a tumor and had to have surgery to remove a low grade T1 extremely large tumor. I had no symptoms, no blood in the urine, only the ultrasound for other reasons discovered it. I have since had six rounds of BCG without incident. I have had two scopes since that have been clean. Every time I see my doctor he is amazed that I even have this problem as I am a healthy, active, athletic female who has never smoked. I am lucky that the ultrasound technician found the tumor on the ultrasound. I had the same ultrasound two years prior to monitor my fibroids with nothing on my bladder reported.

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