Bladder cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in the bladder. It usually can be cured when it is found early. It is more common in older people.
Treatment may include surgery to remove part of the bladder. If the tumour is large, the entire bladder may be removed. You may also have radiation or chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells. Sometimes people get treatment with medicines that help the body's natural defences, or immune system, fight the cancer.
Finding out that you have cancer is scary. You may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take. Visit the Canadian Cancer Society website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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