Bladder cancer: Is a stoma the same as an ostomy?

Posted by .harp player @amberpep, May 15, 2020

I have a very dear friend who has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. She’s had one “scraping” and then about 3 weeks later another. Then this week she had 2 days of chemo. and that’s it for that week, then 2 the next week, and 2 the following week. From what I understand there is one more 2-day round of chemo. and then they will x-ray it, and probably do surgery. She will then have a stoma ….. is that the same as an ostomy? The surgeon told her the opening would be at her belly button.
Can anyone tell me what this is like? Anytime someone says cancer, I fear for them.
abby

.Harp player. I replied to you on May 16 and again on May 21. Can you find them?

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I have a dear friend who was diagnosed several months ago with bladder cancer. She went through chemo for the prescribed time, they checked it again and it has shrunk enough that they are going to remove the bladder on Monday. She will then be wearing a bag for the urine to pass into. She will be in the hospital about 5 days, and possibly rehab. for a time. Then she'll come home and her daughter and granddaughter will alternate times to help her with whatever she needs …. they're both nurses. After that, I'm going up for a week to help wherever I can and bring a little craziness and sunshine to her life. My question is ….. how prevalent is it for this to return somewhere else?
abby ala' harp player (sort of)

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@amberpep

I have a dear friend who was diagnosed several months ago with bladder cancer. She went through chemo for the prescribed time, they checked it again and it has shrunk enough that they are going to remove the bladder on Monday. She will then be wearing a bag for the urine to pass into. She will be in the hospital about 5 days, and possibly rehab. for a time. Then she'll come home and her daughter and granddaughter will alternate times to help her with whatever she needs …. they're both nurses. After that, I'm going up for a week to help wherever I can and bring a little craziness and sunshine to her life. My question is ….. how prevalent is it for this to return somewhere else?
abby ala' harp player (sort of)

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Hi @amberpep, I moved your message to the discussion you started about your friend and her journey with bladder cancer. That's great news that the chemo shrunk her cancer enough that she can have surgery.

The likelihood of cancer to return or metastasize somewhere else is dependent on several factors, like the stage and type of bladder cancer, and more. Here's more info:
https://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/bladder/prognosis-and-survival/
Do you know if the cancer was localized (contained within the bladder) or regional (spread to the lymph nodes) or distant (found elsewhere in the body)? They may only know this information after surgery.

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@amberpep

I have a dear friend who was diagnosed several months ago with bladder cancer. She went through chemo for the prescribed time, they checked it again and it has shrunk enough that they are going to remove the bladder on Monday. She will then be wearing a bag for the urine to pass into. She will be in the hospital about 5 days, and possibly rehab. for a time. Then she'll come home and her daughter and granddaughter will alternate times to help her with whatever she needs …. they're both nurses. After that, I'm going up for a week to help wherever I can and bring a little craziness and sunshine to her life. My question is ….. how prevalent is it for this to return somewhere else?
abby ala' harp player (sort of)

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@amberpep How nice that you can spend some time with your friend. I'm sure that she and her family will appreciate your being there. I hope you can both share some sunshine together.
How long do you plan on staying?

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@amberpep

I have a dear friend who was diagnosed several months ago with bladder cancer. She went through chemo for the prescribed time, they checked it again and it has shrunk enough that they are going to remove the bladder on Monday. She will then be wearing a bag for the urine to pass into. She will be in the hospital about 5 days, and possibly rehab. for a time. Then she'll come home and her daughter and granddaughter will alternate times to help her with whatever she needs …. they're both nurses. After that, I'm going up for a week to help wherever I can and bring a little craziness and sunshine to her life. My question is ….. how prevalent is it for this to return somewhere else?
abby ala' harp player (sort of)

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@amberpep, What a great friend you are to plan on spending a week with your friend and how fortunate she is to have you. I know nothing about bladder cancer but do know your being with her will add much welcomed smiles and happiness to her life as she makes new adjustments to her situation. Can you take along a "mini-harp" for some music as well? Smiles and best to you both.

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