WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Bladder cancer is a cancer that starts in the cells that line your bladder.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or oncologist as directed:
You will need to see your oncologist for ongoing treatment. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Rest as needed: Return to activities slowly, and do more as you feel stronger. Tell your primary healthcare provider or oncologist if you have problems sleeping.
- Follow chemical safety guidelines: If you work with chemicals, follow safety guidelines. This can help limit your exposure to chemicals that can increase your risk for bladder cancer.
- Eat healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
- Drink liquids as directed: Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
- Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases your risk of bladder cancer. Ask for more information if you need help quitting.
For support and more information:
- American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street
Atlanta , GA 30303
Phone: 1- 800 - 227-2345
Web Address: http://www.cancer.org
Contact your primary healthcare provider or oncologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You vomit and cannot keep any liquids or food down.
- Your pain gets worse or does not go away after you take pain medicine.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You are unable to urinate, or you have pain in your lower abdomen.
- You have blood in your urine.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You have trouble breathing.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.
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