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What to ask your doctor about treating invasive bladder cancer

Men and women discussing bladder cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What stage is my bladder cancer and what does this mean?
  • What grade is my bladder cancer and what does this mean?
  • What is the likely outcome (prognosis) of my cancer?
  • How do stage and grade affect the type of treatment I need?
  • What is the aim of the treatment?
  • Is there any choice of treatments?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Can I have treatment as an outpatient or will I need to be in hospital?
  • How often will I have to go to hospital?
  • Is it possible to get help with paying my fares?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of the treatment?
  • Is there anything I can do to help with the side effects?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or clinical trials I could join?
  • How often will I have follow up appointments and for how long?
  • Is there a number I can ring between appointments if I'm worried?
  • What happens if my cancer comes back?
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Updated: 14 May 2015