Any time the word “cancer” is muttered, no one is thrilled. But many cases of early-stage bladder cancer can be treated with BCG, also known as intravesical therapy. This form of treatment is available now with Ogden Clinic’s leading urologists, who specialize in providing less invasive forms of care. BCG stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, which is a live strain of a bacteria developed to attract the immune system and deliver targeted attacks against cancer cells. BCG is also known as a treatment for tuberculosis because it helps the patient develop immunity against that disease. In cases of bladder cancer, BCG helps eliminate cancer cells and prevents them from coming back.
BCG is typically a form of treatment for patients whose bladder cancer is in the early stages, is high-risk or involves a tumor. Patients who have contracted tuberculosis or have received recent surgery or other catheter treatments may not be eligible for this bladder cancer treatment at Ogden Clinic.
BCG is an outpatient procedure available at Ogden Clinic locations offering urological services. Treatment typically lasts around one to three hours and patients may go home as soon as it’s complete. To prepare for treatment, patients are usually asked to limit their liquid intake.
During BCG treatment for bladder cancer at Ogden Clinic, the provider will insert a catheter into the patient’s urethra. BCG treatment will then be moved into the bladder through the catheter. After initial insertion of the catheter, patients get up and walk around during treatment. When BCG treatment is complete, patients are advised not to urinate for at least two hours afterward, which allows the immunotherapy to take full effect. If this could be difficult, the provider may recommend keeping in the catheter for a few more hours to ensure complete efficacy.
Passing urine directly after BCG treatment requires extra caution, as patients do not want to spread this bacteria strain to others. Careful washing of the toilet and surrounding areas is recommended to prevent contamination.
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To set up an appointment with an Ogden Clinic urologist about BCG treatment or testing for bladder cancer, please give us a call or fill out our online form.