What’s it like for an oncologist to have cancer?.
I was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer in May of 2015. I went into surgery believing (based on recent biopsies, CT scans and other tests) that I had a very early, minimally invasive bladder cancer which would be cured by surgically removing the bladder. I had already undergone two courses of “BCG therapy” (each consisting of six – weekly administrations of a substance into the bladder given for the purpose of stimulating the immune system to kill the cancer cells in the bladder lining) – which had not worked. When I woke up from the surgery, I was told that there was a 3 cm lymph node involved by metastatic cancer. After recovering from the surgery, I had various staging studies performed which also showed that it had spread to a pelvic bone.
I went through the various stages leading to “acceptance” of my situation over the next several months – just like everybody else can (if they will allow themselves to endure the uncomfortable emotions involved in that journey).
There were several things that made my experience as a cancer patient different from someone who is not an oncologist.
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