Bladder Cancer: Follow-up Care & Support

If you are a bladder cancer survivor, it is important to be aware that you remain at risk for developing the disease again. Someone who has a tumor removed from the bladder lining has about a 70 percent risk of developing another tumor in the lining at some point.

After your treatment ends, we will continue to provide you with follow-up care that includes regular exams and testing to make sure that you stay cancer-free. During these visits, your doctor may order x-rays, urine tests, or blood tests. If the bladder was not removed, your doctor will examine it using a cystoscope.

Overall, advances in treatment have boosted the survival rate for bladder cancer. Most people who are diagnosed with bladder cancer survive the disease.

Survivorship

At Memorial Sloan Kettering we understand that fighting cancer and coping with the aftereffects of treatment can be overwhelming. Our experts are skilled in identifying and managing the various symptoms and complications associated with the treatment of bladder cancer — as well as the emotional and psychological aspects of living with the disease.

People facing the challenges of cancer survivorship can access a variety of support services through our Survivorship Center.

Bladder Cancer Support Group

We offer in-person and virtual support groups to give you and your family the opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions surrounding bladder cancer treatment. Patients and survivors can participate in periodic group meetings led by social workers, nurses, and peers to discuss changes in physical functioning, appearance, lifestyle, and self-image, as well as fatigue, isolation, and concerns about the future.

Patient volunteers can also provide helpful support and important information.

For more information, contact Richard Glassman at 646-422-4658.

Rehabilitation

Following surgery or other treatments for bladder cancer, you may notice changes in your strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Rehabilitation therapy can help improve your quality of life.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, physical therapists work closely with your medical team to design individualized exercise programs. We offer patients valuable techniques to increase mobility and decrease pain after surgery. Learn more about our rehabilitation services.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling and Support

People who cope with bladder cancer can have unique psychological and social needs. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers can help you address any psychological, social, or practical needs that you or your family might encounter during your cancer care. Learn more about Memorial Sloan Kettering’s support services.

Sexual Health and Fertility

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s comprehensive care of people with bladder cancer includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers with expertise in treating sexual health issues, such as infertility, that can arise after treatment. Learn more about our sexual health support services and read information about fertility and parenthood after cancer treatment.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine complements mainstream medical care by addressing a variety of physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service offers a number of therapies including various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization and other mind-body therapies, music therapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as classes such as yoga, tai chi, and chair aerobics.

Help for Older Patients

A diagnosis of cancer is difficult at any age, but older patients face unique challenges. Memorial Sloan Kettering is committed to providing patients aged 65 and older with the treatment, facilities, and support they need. Learn more about help for older patients.

Our multidisciplinary geriatric team includes physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nutritionists, and psychiatrists, as well as members of the Pain and Palliative Care Service and the Integrative Medicine Service. The team provides a number of programs focusing on the needs of older people with cancer.