Your time with Memorial Sloan Kettering doesn’t end when your active treatment does. 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 care team will monitor you for any signs that the cancer may have returned.
It is important that you tell your care team 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.
As part of your follow-up care, you will be seen by an advanced practice provider (APP). APPs are members of your healthcare team who work with your doctor to provide you with care, or may see you instead of your doctor. APPs have specialized training. One type of APP is a nurse practitioner (NP).
One of our NPs will provide additional follow-up care for you. This NP specializes in caring for people who have had bladder cancer and knows how to monitor your health for any signs that cancer has come back. The NP can also help you manage any side effects you may have from being treated for cancer.
A visit with your NP includes:
- a review of your recent medical history and a physical examination
- screening referrals for other cancers
- healthy lifestyle recommendations, including nutrition, exercise, and help quitting smoking
- a treatment summary and follow-up care plan
After each visit, the NP will give a treatment summary and survivorship plan of care to you and your healthcare providers. Your treatment team can incorporate this information into your overall medical plan.
Your full treatment history with MSK is always available to your primary care doctors.