Questions and answers

How do you feel after BCG treatment?

How do you feel after BCG treatment?

BCG immunotherapy can cause a number of side effects. It is common for people to experience flu-like symptoms, such as chills, fever, and fatigue, for 2–3 days following the treatment. Other common side effects include: a burning sensation or discomfort in the bladder.

Do BCG side effects get worse with each treatment?

The irritative reactions usually are seen following the third instillation and tend to increase in severity after each administration. There is no evidence that dose reduction or antituberculous drug therapy can prevent or lessen the irritative symptoms of TheraCys.

How long does a BCG treatment take?

BCG is given once a week for six weeks, starting 2–4 weeks after TURBT surgery. It is put directly into the bladder through a catheter. You may be asked to change position every 15 minutes so the vaccine washes over the entire bladder. Each treatment session takes up to two hours.

Does BCG cause back pain?

First, BCG spondylitis can occur several years after intravesical BCG. Thus, it is necessary to test for tuberculous spondylitis if lower back pain appears in a patient who has undergone BCG therapy.

Is BCG therapy painful?

It is generally not considered a painful procedure, though some may find it uncomfortable. Any urine remaining in the bladder will be drained and then a BCG solution will be inserted into the bladder next to the tumor and should remain for two hours.

Does BCG cause fatigue?

Treatment with BCG can cause a wide range of symptoms. It’s common to have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, achiness, chills, and fatigue. These can last for 2 to 3 days after treatment. It also commonly causes a burning feeling in the bladder, the need to urinate often, and even blood in the urine.

Are BCG treatments painful?

How painful is BCG treatment?

Can BCG cause weight loss?

Initially, these symptoms may include low-grade fevers, chills, malaise, weight loss, arthralgias, nausea, vomiting, pneumonitis, hepatitis, and lower urinary tract symptoms.

Does BCG cause hair loss?

Hair loss does not occur with BCG.

Can you drive after BCG treatment?

You will need to keep the BCG in the bladder for two hours. After this time you will be able to go home. You should feel well enough to drive yourself home after the treatment, but on the first occasion you may want to ask for a friend or relative to collect you, just in case.