Follow-up

After your treatment has finished, you will have regular follow up to monitor how well treatment has worked. The most important test for follow-up is a cystoscopy. Some people may also have their urine checked for cancer cells.

These tests check that no new cancers are growing in the bladder. They will usually be every three to six months at first. The cystoscopy will be done in the outpatient department under local anaesthetic. You may attend a specialist nurse-led clinic for follow-up.

Your doctor or specialist nurse will explain how often you will have a cystoscopy. This will depend on what risk level of bladder tumour you have. If you have an intermediate or high risk bladder tumour, you will have a cystoscopy more often than if you have a low risk bladder tumour. Most people have cystoscopy follow up for several years after treatment.

If you have any new symptoms or symptoms that come back between appointments (especially blood in your urine), let your doctor or specialist nurse know straight away.

If you’re worried about any ache or pain, see your GP. It may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always good to get it checked rather than worry.

Christine

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