Follow-up appointments

After your treatment for bladder cancer, you will need regular check-ups to confirm that the cancer hasn’t come back. Your check-ups may include cystoscopies, x-rays and other tests.

For people who still have a bladder, follow-up cystoscopies are needed regularly because they are the best way to detect bladder cancer that has come back. The cystoscopy procedure may be done in hospital in the outpatient department under local anaesthetic or in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic.

Depending on the type of bladder cancer you had, you will need a follow-up cystoscopy every 3–12 months. The follow-up cystoscopies may continue for several years or for the rest of your life, but will become less frequent over time. Between these follow-up appointments, let your doctor know immediately if you experience any health problems.

This information was last reviewed in February 2018
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