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Health Journey Support | Managing Bladder Cancer

This brochure will help you understand how to manage your bladder cancer with follow-up care after treatments, making lifestyle changes, and getting support to help cope with the disease.

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Managing Bladder Cancer

You or someone you care about may have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. This video will help you understand how to manage it.

Bladder Cancer Overview

The most common type of bladder cancer, called urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma, is a disease where cancer cells form in the tissue lining the inside of your bladder.

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Bladder Cancer Management

For some people with bladder cancer, treatment may remove or destroy the cancer. Afterward, you will receive a follow-up care plan from your healthcare team.

Follow-up Care Plan

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Bladder cancer has a high risk of coming back. So, it's important to go to all of your follow-up appointments.

Your doctor will want to make sure the cancer has not returned, and check for health problems resulting from treatment.

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If your bladder isn't removed, it's important to get regular cystoscopy exams to check for cancer. During a cystoscopy, a thin viewing instrument will be inserted into your bladder to look for signs of cancer.

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Talk to your oncologist about any medications you are taking, and continue to take them as prescribed by your doctor unless instructed otherwise. Take note of any side effects and tell your doctor.

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If you had bladder surgery or other treatments, follow any instructions you are given.

Lifestyle Changes

You may also need to make some of the following healthy lifestyle changes:

  • Don't smoke. If you smoke, it's important to quit smoking. This lowers the risk for bladder cancer returning or getting other types of cancer
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink. It may reduce your risk of cancer returning
  • Eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This will help you stay strong and feel better
  • Become physically active. Activities like walking, riding a bicycle, or swimming can help you feel better and less tired. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine

Cancer Support

Knowing you have cancer can be overwhelming. You may have worries about things like:

  • Your condition
  • How your condition affects your family
  • Treatments and hospital stays
  • Medical bills
  • Your job

Fortunately, there are ways to cope with this. Remember that your doctor and healthcare team are there to answer any questions you have.

Support Sources

The following sources of support can help you cope with your concerns:

  • Social workers
  • Faith leaders
  • Counselors
  • Support groups
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Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your treatment plan, medications or lifestyle changes to help you manage bladder cancer.

The information in this handout has been created and peer reviewed by graduate-level medical illustrators, followed by reviews from medical subject experts, either physicians or PhDs on the Nucleus Medical Review Board, to ensure medical accuracy and audience level appropriateness.

The handout is intended to supplement the information you receive from your healthcare provider and should never be considered personal medical advice. Always contact your healthcare provider with health questions and concerns.