I am a bladder cancer survivor. Before my bladder and everything else down there came out, the Urologist felt that the cancer had NOT spread through the bladder wall. Much to his and my surprise, the pathology of one of the lymph nodes removed from the groin showed a few CANCER CELLS. This meant three months of intensive Chemotherapy. I was sick 24/7 for the whole three months. I will admit it was hell. When it was over, it took about
a year for me to get back to my old self. I vowed that I would never take Chemotherapy again.
Today, I have changed my mind. The Chemotherapy is the major reason that I am still alive today, eight years later. If my cancer comes back and taking Chemotherapy can give me a few more YEARS of life, I would do it again and be sick 24/7 for another 3-4 months.
I hope that you can convince your father to take the chemotherapy. The Urologist or Oncologist must have a very good reason for suggesting it. I was not given a choice. It was ' take it or be dead in a year or two. I am going to turn 70 this April.
Below is a link to my personal blog outlining my fight with bladder cancer since diagnosis in 2000. Take a look if you have time.
Give your father my best.
A surviving bladder cancer patient.
My personal fight can be viewed at:mybladdercancersite.com