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Bladder cancer

A place for people affected by bladder cancer to support one another, ask questions, and share their experiences.

I am having BCG treatment for bladder cancer, do I come under high risk for the coronavirus.

jacksback
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hi does any one know if you are having bcg ( immunotherapy ) treatment for bladder cancer after care, will this come under high risk category for coronavirus as would like to know if i have to self isolate for 12 weeks. 

rily
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Hi and welcome to the community in these worrying times. Still a bit of a grey area regarding this question. Although immunotherapy treatment, BCG in to the bladder is different to the intravenous types of immunotherapy. We may know more when the letters are sent out to the vulnerable and whether BCG patients are included. In the meantime, it is best to err on the side of caution and take as many precautions as possible and take advice from your medics. Best wishes.

Best wishes to All,   rily.  What is a Community Champion ?

jacksback
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well i tried to speak to the urology specialist at west Suffolk, and got no where i think he thought i was talking about rescheduling my appointments as i have been self isolating. I am due to go back to work wednesday. I have looked it the guide lines for high risk people and it says on 1 paragraph -   People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer. so thats where i am a bit confused. does that include us? thankyou for your reply. 

BLANKET
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Do you have the flu jab jacksback?  I do, but I don't consider myself to have a low immune.  However, the flu jab is on the high risk list.   It's confusing, all you can do is take special care.  

hilary1969
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Hi, I finished my first 6 treatments of BCG in February and had a text from NHS this morning telling me to self isolate for 12 weeks  I expect you will hear soon x

jacksback
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no i don't have a flu jab, as i am only 46 and yes its young for a person to get bladder cnacer.

jacksback
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thankyou for reply hope i here very soon one way or the other as i am supposed to go back to work on wednesday.

well i hope your treatment is very successful, I am on a 5 yr program and so far all is well, had to cancel my 3 monthly check up last week as i have been self isolating as a friend i live with had symptoms for coronavirus, but all seems ok now it probably was just a cold or normal flu, but you could never be sure. keep well and stay safe.     

Northern Normy
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Hi, I've not heard anything yet but I have my 12th treatment tomorrow so hopefully I hear something soon. Thanks for letting us know hilary1969 :) 

BLANKET
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You can still ask about the flu jab jacksback, you don't have to be 60.  My Dr advised me to get it back in 2013, & I've been having it ever since.  I never caught a cold until I had cancer, then I had 5 on the trot!  The one year I missed the flu jab I got the most terrible virus.  I always assumed that the allergies I got to various treatments were because my immune was low, apparently it's the opposite.