I just completed 6 weeks of BCG.
When I started, I was petrified. Not just because I had cancer, but because of the side effects I read about.
I'd just like to say that just because you read about bad side effects on-line, doesn't mean you will have them. I suppose that I was very lucky, but I had 6 BCG treatments and no side effects at all. After my 2nd treatment, I even asked the nurse if she was sure they were giving me the right medicine.
I received all the handouts and cautions that others write about. My first nurse, on mthe first treatment, told me "start to drink a lot of water after about 90 minutes, so when you urinate at the 2 hour mark, you won't have too much pain."
I followed that advice and did very well. After treatment number 4, I had chills, sweats and muscle cramps at night. I don't even know if it was related to the BCG or not. It cost me about 2 hours of sleep.
Doctors are always good at telling me "don't read about your disease on-line." I won't take that advice, but perhaps a grain of salt about what you read will help relieve a lot of fear for others, as it did for me.
Just sharing, hope I didn't offend anyone.