Benefits, risks and side effects of treatment

For most people with non-invasive bladder cancer, surgery is done with the aim of curing the cancer or controlling it for many years. You may also have treatment after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.

If you have been offered treatment that aims to cure the cancer, deciding whether to accept it may not be difficult. But some people may want to know more about the benefits of further treatments when weighed up against the side effects.

Your specialist will talk about this with you, so that you know the advantages and any possible disadvantages.

Second opinion

Your multidisciplinary team (MDT) uses national treatment guidelines to decide the most suitable treatment for you. Even so, you may want another medical opinion. If you feel it will be helpful, you can ask either your specialist or GP to refer you to another specialist for a second opinion. Getting a second opinion may delay the start of your treatment, so you and your doctor need to be confident that it will give you useful information. If you do go for a second opinion, it may be a good idea to take a relative or friend with you. You may also find it helpful to have a list of questions ready so that you can make sure your concerns are covered during the discussion.

Back to Coming to your decision

Finding out your treatment options

Knowing basic information about your type of cancer and different treatments options can help you to make an informed treatment decision.

Making your decision

If  you’re struggling to come to a decision about treatment, try following these five steps.