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Bladder Cancer and other complicating health issues

Cancer | Last Active: Oct 10, 2020 | Replies (8)

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This sits well with me, the only thing is the doctor brought up the exploratory. So I always try to look ahead to find alternatives if there is any. His Cat Scan came out good. His cystoscopy came out good but the urine that was tested shows cancer cells somewhere. He went through this for about 4 years then was cancer free. Will wait and see what happens. I just like to prepare for the future I guess. Does kidney biopsies require exploratory surgery? That is what the doctor recommended for him if the cells are still there after his maintenance treatment. Biopsies are different than exploratory surgery I would think. I doubt he could handle exploratory surgery. That is what concerns me.

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Kidney biopsies are considered surgery but they seem more like a procedure to me. I've had many kidney biopsies and they've gone very smoothly. They use an instrument to take several very tiny threadlike samples which they view immediately under a microscope. When it is over you need to first lay on your back for a period of time, then sit quietly, then finally stand and walk. The kidney has a lot of veins and they worry about potential bleeding. It's not difficult and requires a very tiny wound which only needs a bandaid.
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