Bladder Cancer

Follow-up

Follow-up

After any kind of cancer treatment follow-up is essential to minimize complications and to detect and treat recurrences early. After complete removal of the bladder or other treatments, you will be asked to see your general practitioner, urologist, oncologist, radiologist, or a nurse practitioner at specific, fixed time intervals for monitoring and evaluation.

A specialist should have the lead in coordinating and interpreting all of the results from the follow-up visits. That specialist—in most countries, the urologist—should also be the main contact for questions about your disease or related issues.

Symptoms of complications

After monitoring of cancer, the functional results must be observed and controlled. Functional complications after bladder removal include vitamin B12 deficiency, high acid levels in the blood (metabolic acidosis), worsening kidney function, urinary infections, urinary stone formation, tightening of stoma openings (stricture), other stoma complications in patients with ileal conduit diversions (leakage, inversion, skin irritation), neobladder continence problems, and emptying dysfunction. Ask your doctor for information about the major symptoms of these complications and their prevention.

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