Follow-up after treatment for invasive and advanced bladder cancer
After your treatment is completed, you’ll have regular check-ups to keep an eye on the health of your kidneys and ureters. These check-ups will also look for any signs of the cancer returning (recurrence).
If you’ve had a partial cystectomy or radiotherapy, you will have regular cystoscopies. If you’re a man whose bladder has been removed but you still have a urethra, you’ll have regular tests (urethroscopies) to check the urethra. You’ll also have regular scans to check for cancer recurrence. These will continue for several years.
Many people find that for a while they get very anxious before appointments. This is natural. It may help to get support from family, friends or a support organisation during this time. If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms in between check-ups, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Coping with changes after cancer treatment
After cancer treatment many people need time to come to terms with the changes that have happened in their lives.
Our information on life after cancer treatment gives useful advice about adjusting to life after treatment. Some people decide that they want to make positive choices for their health and well-being. We have information on eating well, building physical activity into your daily life and giving up smoking that you may find helpful.
Just Can’t Wait card
Some treatments for bladder cancer can make you want to go to the toilet more often. If you need to go to the toilet more often or more urgently, a Just Can’t Wait card is available that you can show to staff in places like shops or pubs. The card allows you to use their toilets without them asking awkward questions. You can get the cards from the Bladder & Bowel Foundation.