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Bladder Cancer

Cancer | Last Active: Nov 9, 2019 | Replies (23)

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I had a radical cystectomy in Sept. '18. Prostate and neighboring lymph nodes were removed. Chemotherapy was ruled out due to Stage 3 Renal disease.
My recent PET scan revealed 2 FDG-Avid retroperitoneal lymph nodes. #1: 1 X 1 cm SUVmax 5.4. #2: 1 X 1.2 cm SUVmax 2.4. No other FDG-Avid tumor noted in rest of body. Likely hood, that cancer has re-occurred?

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@spooz2 Welcome to MayoClinicConnect. I’m hoping that you’ll find some answers on this site. Why do you think the cancer has re-occurred? Has you doctor said anything about the PET scan? Was this just a routine scan or had you been having some problems? It’s always best if you have to doctor explain what they see/don’t see in a scan. They know your whole story
Were any other treatments suggested besides chemotherapy?
Am I a candidate for any follow-on treatments?
Ask what are the costs/benefits of each type of treatment?
What is the long term treatment plan for me?
Have someone go to the visit with you and write down questions and answers! Do you feel comfortable with your doctor and treatment so far? Please stay in touch with us and let us know how you’re doing!