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Kidney Stone/bladder Cancer

Postby Slevyn » Mon May 16, 2016 8:29 pm

precursor to the question: My dad just turned 50 in January. He is a smoker(has been for most of his life) on New Years eve, he complained of back pain. Eventually the pain got the better of him, and they went to the ER. The ER doctors said, his kidney function was up, so they were going to see if it was kidney stones. The CT scan showed that it was in fact a kidney stone(3MM in diameter), go home with dilating medicine and pain meds, and come back soon to see if you have passed it. He went back yesterday and they said he still has blood in his urine. They want to do the scope with a camera on it, up his urethra. I want to know(before he goes back in for this procedure) how common is it to have both at the same time? Kidney Stones, and bladder cancer. All signs point to bladder cancer, and I am preparing myself for the worst, but would like to know if the only reason they do the scope is because they think it is cancer? Thank you so much for your time!  
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Kidney Stone/bladder Cancer

Postby Ren » Tue May 17, 2016 12:06 pm

precursor to the question: My dad just turned 50 in January. He is a smoker(has been for most of his life) on New Years eve, he complained of back pain. Eventually the pain got the better of him, and they went to the ER. The ER doctors said, his kidney function was up, so they were going to see if it was kidney stones. The CT scan showed that it was in fact a kidney stone(3MM in diameter), go home with dilating medicine and pain meds, and come back soon to see if you have passed it. He went back yesterday and they said he still has blood in his urine. They want to do the scope with a camera on it, up his urethra. I want to know(before he goes back in for this procedure) how common is it to have both at the same time? Kidney Stones, and bladder cancer. All signs point to bladder cancer, and I am preparing myself for the worst, but would like to know if the only reason they do the scope is because they think it is cancer? Thank you so much for your time!  
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Kidney Stone/bladder Cancer

Postby Dennet » Fri May 20, 2016 9:31 am

If there is still blood in the urine, the doctors have to be sure there isn't something else going on. In someone who passed a stone, the most likely thing would be that the stone has just moved, and maybe there is still some bleeding going on.  But in a smoker, it would be good thing to look.  If there is bladder cancer, it isn't that hard to treat 70% of the time.  Superficial bladder cancer is generally treated by a series of instillations of interferon or chemotherapy drugs into the bladder.  Cure is frequent, and even without cure, it can often be managed without a lot of trouble.  Polyps, either cancerous or non-cancerous, might also be bleeding.  If this is the case, they need to be removed.  A cystoscopy is a relatively easy procedure and should answer the questions.  I know, because I've had several.
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