If bladder cancer returns

Sometimes bladder cancer does come back after treatment, which is known as a recurrence. If the cancer recurs, it can usually be removed while it is still in the early stages. This will require a separate cystoscopy under general anaesthetic. If this isn’t possible, your doctor may consider a removal of the bladder (cystectomy). Some people need other types of treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

The type of treatment you have will depend on the stage and grade of the cancer and your preferences.

You can speak to a qualified health professional at Cancer Council 13 11 20 for more information about bladder cancer that has returned.

This information was last reviewed in February 2018
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