Bladder Cancer Awareness — Stage/Grade

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Images and Test Results

At this point, you have had a number of tests or scans to narrow down the diagnosis. These tests or images will also determine your course of action, treatment for the weeks and months ahead to wrestle this bladder cancer to the ground.


From those tumours there was pathology undertaken to determine the stage and grade of my bladder cancer. After my surgery I returned to my urologist to test the bladder with a flow test. Successfully completing the flow test, we reviewed the pathology report and determined the next course of action for follow up treatment.

Today — so many of us as patients have full access to our “charts”. Whether it is the Life Labs or Hospital or Institution My Chart — we often have the test results before our doctors have even read them, let alone book us in for a follow up appointment.

Don’t Do this at Home on Your Own

The other caution is to understand that your results might be very different than a friend or acquaintance’s results. For instance, I had non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. My pathology report indicated that I had “Ta high grade disease”. Thus the actual tumour in the bladder was non-invasive papillary carcinoma — that being that it had not gone into the wall of the bladder. However, the “high grade” means that it could in fact become of concern and aggressive. Thus, my course of action was to undergo a series of treatments with BCG (more to follow on that).

Stage and Grade

At Bladder Cancer Canada we are prompted by our Co-Found Jack Moon and continuing to make understanding medical terms in layman terms so that people can have a better understanding of what they are facing, what has been done and what still needs to be done on their bladder cancer journey.

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