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Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider

  • What type of bladder cancer do I have?
  • Has it spread beyond my bladder?
  • What is the stage and grade of my cancer, and what does that mean?
  • Do I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will I need to see other doctors?
  • What are my treatment options and which do you recommend? Why?
  • What are the chances my cancer can be cured?
  • What are the chances that my cancer will return after treatment?
  • What risks or side effects should I expect? How long are they likely to last?
  • What should I do to prepare for treatment? What will it be like?
  • How much time will I need to recover from treatment?
  • If I have surgery, how long will I have a catheter?
  • How long will I need to take off from work or other activities?
  • Will the surgery affect my sex life? My social life?
  • What will we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the cancer comes back?
  • Is there anything I can do to prevent the cancer from returning after treatment?
  • How often will I need to have check-ups after treatment?

Other Information

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

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National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health
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National Library of Medicine
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