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    Is a 20 mm bladder tumour considered to be small or big ? That’s all I need to know . thanks

    Jack Moon

    Hi Scott

    Welcome to our forum, sorry you have been diagnosed with possible bladder cancer. A 22 mm tumor is quite normal, most docs give the size in cm. So your tumor size is 2.2 cm. When diagnosed in 2005 I had 3 tumors, 1 was 5cm and the other 2 were 2-4 cm. So I would not be too concerned about the size of your tumor. More important is the stage (how deep into the bladder wall) and the grade (low grade is non aggressive and high grade which is more aggressive)
    Good luck with your up-coming turbt. Keep us posted on your progress.
    All the best,


    Hi Scott,

    I was diagnosed one year age with BC. The size of my tumor was 2.1 cm. I don’t think 2.1 cm is considered large but > 3.0 is. This information is what I have concluded from my own readings on the subject not from an Urologist. But as Jack stated the most important result is the pathology report following your TURBT. I was diagnosed with high grade BC but life is still good and has not changed that much so keep your thoughts positive and good luck with your TURBT and your path results.



    Hello Scot

    That may be all you need to know but, all the rest of us that have been in your shoes know that you will be swinging from the rafters. Happens to everyone after diagnosis. If you don’t believe you are swinging from the rafters then you are probably in the denial stage.

    As mentioned, we have all been there. Really ugly place to be and I don’t recommend it to anyone. So the best thing to do is get out of there as fast as you can. Doesn’t do you any good to hang onto that place.

    First thing to realize is that you are not alone, we have all survived that initial stage after diagnosis and so will you. My tumor was 3 cm plus multiple superficial tumors with it. That was the first round. Second round was four small tumors. Third round was one tumor. Fourth round was 2 tumors but one had gone high grade. Fifth round – ALL CLEAR!!!! I am now in my happy place again.

    Best recommendation I can give: take a deep breath or two or three or four or five or however many it takes; hug those you love and hug like you really mean it; spend time with those that you are close to; then find a way to laugh again. Once you can laugh, you will start to heal.

    Take care


    Thanks for all info truly appreciate it .

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