Even after aggressive therapy with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, urethral cancer may come back. It is important to have lifelong follow-up visits with your health care team. It is important to catch recurrence early, so once or twice per year visits are recommended for:
If you still have your urethra you will need more frequent follow up visits. You are recommended to visit your doctor every 3 months after the procedure for:
The likelihood of urethral cancer coming back after treatment depends on the stage and location of the initial tumor. The chance of cancer returning is lower with low stage disease, and in the anterior urethra.