Coping and support
Living with the concern that your bladder cancer may recur can leave you feeling as if you have little control over your future. But while there′s no way to ensure that your bladder cancer won′t recur, you can take steps to manage the stress.
Over time you′ll find what works for you, but until then, you might:
- Have a schedule of follow-up tests and go to each appointment. When you finish bladder cancer treatment, ask the doctor to create a personalized schedule of follow-up tests. Before each follow-up cystoscopy exam, expect to have some anxiety. You may fear that cancer has come back or worry about the uncomfortable exam. But don′t let this stop you from going to your appointment.
- Take care of yourself so that you′re ready to fight cancer if it comes back. Take care of yourself by adjusting your diet to include plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Get enough sleep so you wake feeling rested.
- Talk with other bladder cancer survivors. Connect with bladder cancer survivors who are experiencing the same fears you′re feeling.