BCG urine disposal

Posted by herman12345 @herman12345, Mar 14 6:21pm

Hello, I will be receiving BCG treatment shortly. I have a septic system on my property. Question is where can I safely dispose of contaminated urine following BCG treatment. My understanding is that I don’t want to put bleach or BCG into my septic system. Any ideas where to dispose of this? Thank you.

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Use normal septic treatment cleaner. Bleach if you per fur is also great and wont harm your septic or drain field.

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Your urine is "hot" for six hours after it is installed. While bleach is the standard disinfectant, I did OK with Lysol. This may be more friendly to your septic system. I made sure that any clothing that had contact / or may have had contact with the urine was bagged and washed separately and in hot water. I was able to hold it in my bladder for two hours because I requested that the catheter be kept in for the duration and I then unblocked it when I peed it out at home. I applied Baby diaper cream to the area to prevent irritation.

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@vickyhay - your information about BCG infusion was very helpful for us. My husband was diagnosed with HIGH GRADE T1 bladder cancer this past week. The most frustrating part of his post-surgical procedures was the dilation of the urethra. For 48 hours he leaked urine and blood outside the catheter. His next procedure will be 4/4 and I’m expecting to go through the same post-op; this time, we will be using Depends for Men. Will be returning to this support group for more insight into BCG infusion, meantime please continue to write about your experiences. Thank you again.

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I assume he had TURBT and in April will have a TURBT restaging. This is critical and is an international standard of care for all high-risk cases. The urologists should have given him information about post - surgical complications. Lucky for me, I had none and did not even need a catheter. You are aware of and using BCAN ? The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network group. It is invaluable for help, information and resources.

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Your information is EXACTLY what we needed. I don’t think the urologist considers leaking outside catheters a complication! But it was for us!
I now have an icon for BCAN on my homepage and will go through it carefully for more insights. Again, keep feeding us your invaluable information.

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@vickyhay

Your urine is "hot" for six hours after it is installed. While bleach is the standard disinfectant, I did OK with Lysol. This may be more friendly to your septic system. I made sure that any clothing that had contact / or may have had contact with the urine was bagged and washed separately and in hot water. I was able to hold it in my bladder for two hours because I requested that the catheter be kept in for the duration and I then unblocked it when I peed it out at home. I applied Baby diaper cream to the area to prevent irritation.

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2nd procedure today. Urethra dilated again. This time WILL be different post-op because of your advice. I did ask about catheter staying in after BCG. No problem for our MD.
I requested (frequently )pre and post op for an overnight catheter bag to make him more comfortable and to enable me to empty it much more efficiently. Done. 🙂
What I didn’t realize was that if the pathology comes back negative, he will be getting BCG once a week for 6 weeks. So, in anticipation of that, please advise us on the clean-up process for bathroom assuming he keeps the catheter in till we get home to prevent an “accident”! BCG contains TB bacillus. I understand it is not “active” TB. Do I need to take special precautions due to my asthma and his COPD? Looking forward to hearing from you and others about everything related to
Non-invasive HIGH GRADE T1 Bladder Cancer. Thank you so much.

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BCG is given when all evidence of bladder cancer is gone. This is why a second TURBT should be done to verify this. And any pathology samples should be second opinioned, as well. I am lucky that after both my TURBT's, I did not need to have a catheter (the odds are 50:50). The catheter that was used to install the BCG in my bladder was kept in via an air block, and after two hours, I just unblocked the air, and the catheter readily came out. I used "overnight unisex incontinence underwear "to hold the catheter in place and checked to see that it was sufficiently long to place it into the underwear. No problems at all and it was nice to not worry about any leakage. All these items were "red bagged" and isolated from my other trash. The clothing that I had used was as well isolated and washed separately.

Again, I just use Lysol ( I checked with my pharmacist and was told that this is just as good as "bleach" and not as toxic ) - as a disinfectant for the six hours that the BCG remains "hot". I poured the liquid down the toilet bowl with the cover down and left it in for 15 minutes after each pee out. I used Lysol spray to disinfect the toilet bowl sides afterwards, The six hours are timed from the initial installing. If the BCG is installed at 1:00 PM, it is "live" until 7 PM. It will become routine and this instructing is a good review for me, as I have my first three week BCG maintenance scheduled in mid April.

BCAN is an excellent resource, related to anything concerning Non-invasive HIGH GRADE T1 Bladder Cancer.
So I am glad that you are "tuned in".

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