Bladder Removal Was the Best Decision (for Me)
In April of 2005 I noticed two very small specs of blood in my urine. I called my urologist and he wanted me to see him right away. After a short discussion the decision was made to scope my bladder that same day. During the procedure a small tumor was discovered and a biopsy was taken at that time.
Choosing the most aggressive approach
Three days later my doctor called me to inform me that the tumor was cancer. My wife and I went in the next day to discuss the situation with my doctor. We talked about options and my question was "What's the most aggressive approach?". The doctor said "that's easy: remove the bladder" and that was our decision.
Healthy and happy with my decision
That was 14 years ago and I'm healthy now, and happy with my decision. I wear an appliance (barrier and pouch system) and have experienced no problems with it.
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