Bladder cancer

  • 1 reply
  • 35 subscribers

I had two tumors removed on 6th September, since then my bladder is very weak, Im due to start  BCG vaccines treatment on 8th november, will this affect the treatment… im trying  to do pelvic floor exercises,  but find muscles hard to find, I will keep doing these … when I need to go for a wee i need to go immediately or will leak  or wet myself so at the moment   If I need to go anywhere I limit my fluid intake… any suggestions or thoughts on this will be really appreciated.

Many Thanks  

  • Hi FR61


    Welcome to the Online Community here at Macmillan. I hope you find it a helpful place to access support and ask questions. My name is Vanessa, and I am one of the cancer information nurses here at the Macmillan Cancer Support Line.


    I can see that you are a member of our Online Community.  I hope you are finding it an informative and supportive place.

    BCG treatment for bladder cancer is given directly into the bladder. You will be asked to limit the amount of fluids you drink for several hours prior to the treatment. A catheter is used to put the BCG directly into the bladder. After this the catheter is normally removed and you will be asked to not pass urine for approximately 2 hours.

    I can see that you are practicing pelvic floor exercises but still have some urgency. It may be helpful to speak to your allocated nurse specialist about this. They may be able to provide advice specific to your own clinical situation.

    Please be assured that the hospital team will have managed this situation before and do sometimes leave the catheter in place, clamping it to ensure the BCG does not drain out.

    You may find the bladder and bowel community helpful. They offer support and resources for people living with conditions affecting the bladder.

    I can see you are a member of the bladder cancer forum. You may find it helpful to discuss your concerns within this forum as others may be able to share real life experiences of BCG treatment.

    I hope you find this information helpful. You can also always call one of our nurses directly if you want to talk over your concerns or require any further support.



    Take care


    Vanessa G, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email. 

    Ref: SH/VG