Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Bladder Cancer
When you are being treated for bladder cancer, it’s likely that you will have side effects from that treatment, and perhaps symptoms of the disease itself. The cancer may cause symptoms if the tumor puts pressure on an organ or body part and causes pain. Or the tumor may interfere with that organ’s or body part’s function.
The treatments to destroy cancer cells can harm healthy cells at the same time, and that means treatment can cause side effects.
The kind of side effects you have depend on the type of treatment you have. Side effects can affect each person differently. Some people have none, while others may have many. Some may change over time, while others stay the same. Some may be temporary, while others may be permanent.
When side effects occur, they can interfere with your day-to-day life. These side effects can range from fatigue and hair loss to more serious problems, such as a low blood count. Some side effects may make other symptoms feel worse. For example, if you’re depressed or not sleeping well, you may be tired. As a result, your pain may feel worse. Getting relief from one side effect may help others.
It will also help you feel better by learning how to communicate with your healthcare team about how you feel and by getting support. You’ll find more information about each of these topics in this section.