Bladder Cancer Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about bladder cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question that’s on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the exact type of cancer I have?
  • Do you think the cancer has spread beyond my bladder?
  • What is the stage and grade of my cancer? What does that mean in my case?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will I need to see other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What treatment choices do I have? What do you recommend? Why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • What are the risks or side effects of different treatments?
  • Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
  • What are the chances of my cancer coming back with the treatment you suggest?
  • Should I follow a special diet?
  • What should I do to get ready for treatment?
  • What would we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

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Last Medical Review: 12/03/2012
Last Revised: 04/17/2014