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Urinary Tract Cancers

Efficacy of BCG in light of history of CIDP

03/10/2006

Question:

I suffer from CIDP brought on by an auto-immune system malfunction(according to neurologist). This occurred 5 years ago.I have a monthly IVIG to treat. I recently underwent my 5th TURBT and urologist now wants to treat me with BCG. I had 2 rounds of mitomycin after TURBTs #2 and #3.Is there any enhanced danger of BCG therapy in light of my immune system defiency?

Answer:

It may make you more likely to experience side effects.  I therefore suggest you consult with the physician caring for your immunologic problem.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University