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Follow up for advanced bladder cancer

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This page has information about follow up after treatment for advanced bladder cancer

 

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Follow up for advanced bladder cancer

After your treatment has finished, you will need to have regular check ups.

Tests you may have

At check ups, your doctor will examine you. They will ask how you feel and whether you have any symptoms or worries. You may have a urine test. At some visits you might have a scan, X-ray or cystoscopy as well.

If you are worried or notice any new symptoms between check ups, tell your doctor or specialist nurse straight away. You don't have to wait for your next appointment.

Worrying about your appointments

You may find your check ups quite worrying, especially at first. It may be helpful to tell someone close to you how you feel. Having someone go along with you to your check up may help. If you find that worry is seriously affecting your life, you may benefit from counselling. We have information about counselling in the coping with cancer section.

 

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After your treatment has finished, you will need to have regular check ups. These may include

You won't have all these tests at every visit to your specialist. But your doctor will almost certainly examine you. They will ask how you feel and whether you have had any new symptoms or worries.

If you are worried, or notice any new symptoms between appointments you must let your doctor or specialist nurse know straight away. You don't have to wait for your next appointment.

You may find your check ups quite worrying, especially at first. If you are feeling well and getting on with life, a hospital appointment can bring all the worry about your cancer back to you.

You may find it helpful to tell someone close to you how you feel. If you are able to share your worries, they may not seem quite so bad. Many people find it helpful to have someone with them when they go to their check ups. This gives some support. You can also talk with your companion beforehand about any questions you want to ask. And they can help you remember the answers afterwards.

If you find that worry is seriously affecting your life, you may need more help. It is quite common these days for people to have counselling after cancer treatment. This is a way of exploring more deeply what is worrying you and helping you come to terms with it. There is information about what counselling is, including information on how to find counselling services in your area.

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Updated: 14 May 2015