Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blood in the Urine, What's That Mean?

About a week ago, my dad was distressed to see quite a bit of blood while hovering over the toilet to pee. He went to the doctors that day and an infection was ruled out, but a referral to a urologist was sent. A few days later he had a consultation with the urologist and he did a cystoscopy and found a 1 cm mass inside the bladder. The cystoscopy was traumatizing enough for him, but finding a mass was a little unsettling too. It's too early to jump to conclusions, but the doctor did send him off with some paper work, including a colorful pamphlet explaining about bladder cancer. Bummer. I'm assuming he knows what he's doing and has seen these types of masses before. I'll trust his judgement. Not looking good.
Today dad had a CT scan of the abdomen to check for any signs of metastases (I'm guessing since this isn't my area of expertise) and he'll be having surgery soon to remove and biopsy the bladder mass. Fortunately the blood in the urine is gone, but that doesn't mean the mass disappeared. But it's less distressing to dad at least.
One day at a time....We'll see how this plays out.


Billy said...

Hope your dad will be O.K. If it is cancer, then it sounds like he caught it early, and that must be good.

Wishing 4 One said...

Thinking of you and your Dad, God Willing will be good results.