Managing changes after treatment
If you have surgery to remove the bladder (radical cystectomy) you will need another way to collect and store urine. This is known as a urinary diversion. It is a significant change, and your treatment team will offer support to help you adjust.
You can talk to your surgeon about the best type of urinary diversion for your situation.
Learn about these recommended options:
- urostomy – creates an artificial opening to your urinary system
- neobladder – creates a new bladder from your small bowel
- continent urinary diversion – creates a pouch for holding urine from your small bowel.
The surgery and other bladder cancer treatments can have a range of impacts on sexuality and fertility, but there are ways to manage these.
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