How to treat both bladder cancer, macular degeneration



November 7, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Dear Dr. Roach: I was diagnosed with stage 1 bladder cancer in April. My urologist advised me to have BCG therapy for it. I just completed six weeks of the therapy.

I also have macular degeneration in both eyes and have had Avastin injections in my left eye for almost two years. I have had a couple of injections into my right eye, too, the last of which were done in June.

Neither my urologist nor my retina doctor could answer my question about having injections and BCG therapy done at the same time — whether they are compatible and would continue to benefit me. I understand that BCG therapy reduces the recurrence of returning tumors. The Avastin eye injections may keep me from going completely blind. I have made numerous phone calls to different groups asking these questions, but no one has been able to help me. I need an answer, as I am past due for the eye injections and have an appointment this week with the retina doctor. — S.P.

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