After your treatment ends, you’ll want to continue to meet with your care team for a quicker recovery. Your doctors will continue to provide you with follow-up care to help you manage side effects, monitor your overall health, and make sure you stay cancer free.
This will include regular exams, X-rays, urine tests, and blood tests. If the bladder was not removed, your doctor will examine it using a cystoscope. If you had a neobladder or urinary diversion, your doctors will check for infection with urine tests.
Most treatments for bladder cancer are successful, but it is important to be aware that you remain at risk of developing this cancer again. Your doctors will monitor you for any signs that the cancer may have returned.
It is important that you tell your doctor about any new symptoms, such as pain during urination, blood in the urine, frequent urination, or an immediate need to urinate. These symptoms may be signs that the cancer has come back or signs of another medical condition.