Coping with your bladder cancer diagnosis
A bladder cancer diagnosis can be shocking and scary. Just when you're trying to come to terms with your diagnosis, you'll be asked to make decisions about your care.
It's normal to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do. Here are some ideas to help you organize your thoughts and create a plan for moving forward.
Learn enough to make decisions about your care
You don't need to become an expert, but find out enough about bladder cancer so that you can feel comfortable discussing your treatment options with your doctor.
To gather information, you might:
- Ask for the details of your cancer. Ask your doctor or nurse to write down the type, grade and stage of your cancer, as well as your treatment options.
- Ask about reliable information. Your doctor or nurse might be able to recommend websites and books that are reliable and accurate. Or turn to the websites of trusted organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network for information.
- Limit the scope of your information. Plan to keep your focus on information and treatments that are most relevant to your situation. It's easy to become overwhelmed by too much information, so be aware of your limits and try to recognize when it's time to take a break from your research.
As you learn more about your cancer and your treatment options, write down your questions so that you can ask them at your next appointment.
Oct. 03, 2017
See more In-depth
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- Distress management. Fort Washington, Pa.: National Comprehensive Cancer Network. http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp. Accessed March 6, 2017.
- Moynihan TJ (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. March 29, 2017.