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Keeping Track of Your Cancer Care

Creating a survivorship care plan can be helpful after cancer treatment. This document is used to record your cancer history and recommendations for follow-up care. Keep it handy to stay on top of your health and to have a concrete record to share with family and any new doctors so that details about your care don’t get forgotten or fall through the cracks. For a template and other guidance from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, go to cancer.net/survivorship.

4 Tips for Life After Treatment

While every person's experience with bladder cancer is unique, there are some common emotions that affect almost everyone, including depression, fear of recurrence, and stress. The American Bladder Cancer Society offers these tips for dealing with these feelings and worries:

  1. Own your stress. Admitting that the stress exists is the first step to actually dealing with it. Once you’ve acknowledged it, you can help manage it through social time with friends, exercise, or meditation.
  2. Don’t skip checkups. If you're stressed out about recurrence, skipping appointments will only add to that stress in the long run. Maintain your relationship with the medical professionals in your life, and make sure that you are monitoring your health.
  3. Take care of yourself. Talk to your doctor about diet, exercise, and other lifestyle measures that may help to prevent recurrence.
  4. Talk to someone. If you feel overwhelmed by stress or depression and you can’t fix things on your own, reach out to your physician to get help and find support.