(BCG or ImmuCyst)

Your Treatment:

Once each week for 6 weeks, your doctor will instill ImmuCyst directly into your bladder.  You will be asked not to urinate for two hours after the treatment.  It is during this time that ImmuCyst is working to eliminate tumors or prevent them from recurring.  During the first hour you will be asked to lie for 15 minutes each on your back, front, left side and right side.  You will be able to get up and walk around during the second hour.

What to do after Treatment:

For approximately two hours after you receive ImmuCyst, you will be asked not to urinate. Your doctor will tell you when it is alright to empty your bladder. Whenever you do urinate (for 6 hours after each treatment) be sure that you do the following:

  • Men should sit rather than stand to urinate
  • After voiding, pour approximately 2 cups of undiluted liquid household bleach (for example Clorox) in the toilet and let it stand for 15 minutes before flushing.

What to Watch For:

During the 6 weeks of treatment, be sure to tell your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following occur:

  • Your present symptoms persist or increase
  • Blood in urine
  • Fever and chills
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Increases frequency of urination
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea and vomitting
  • Painful urination
  • Cough
  • Skin rash
  • Severe fatigue

If you develop a cough, be sure to tell your doctor immediately. Coughing could be a sign that you have an infection that must be treated immediately with an antibiotic.

What drugs may interfere with ImmuCyst:

Drugs and therapy that suppress your immune system, including radiation, can interfere with how well your bladder tumor responds to ImmuCyst and may increase the risk of bone and other infections. that is why it is important to make sure your doctor is aware of all drugs you are taking and to discuss these issues with her/him before beginning you ImmuCyst treatment.

What to ask your Doctor:

During your office visits be sure to ask your doctor anything that is unclear to you. Remember that there is no such thing as a "silly" question when it comes to your health. Your doctor will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your condition, treatment and recovery.

 

 
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