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  • Bladder Cancer

    Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Care

    Bladder Cancer Support Services and Follow-up Care

    We understand that a bladder cancer diagnosis can be emotionally challenging, and that treatment can be physically demanding. When you become a patient at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), our medical, nursing, and support teams make sure you receive the best and most complete care every step of the way.

    As a patient, you and your family have access to an extensive array of support programs and services, which address issues you may face before, during, and after your treatment.

    For a full list of our support services, as well as contact information, download Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center's Supportive Resources brochure. 

    Finding support and managing side effects

    Fatigue and depression

    Fatigue can be a symptom of bladder cancer, as well as a common side effect of its treatment. Coping with a diagnosis and new physical changes can be overwhelming. Our Adult Psychosocial Oncology Program team is here to help you manage fatigue, depression, and other stresses that may result from your diagnosis or treatment. Maintaining the best quality of life for you and your loved ones is our goal.

    Smoking cessation services

    Smoking is a risk factor for bladder cancer and our doctors strongly recommend that smokers quit to avoid further risk or complications. Research shows that the more support you have in quitting smoking, the greater your chance for success. Many communities have "quit smoking" programs. Ask your doctor, nurse, social worker, or local hospital about what is available, or call 800-4-CANCER.

    Integrative therapies

    We recognize that a cancer diagnosis and treatment may be stressful and life changing. At the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber we offer additional, integrative therapies — also known as complementary therapies — to improve your quality of life. These therapies range from acupuncture and massage to nutritional guidance and music therapy. Research has shown that when used in conjunction with your traditional treatment, these therapies can improve your mental health and ease cancer-related symptoms.

    Find out more about the Leonard P. Zakim Center.

    Pain management and care

    Palliative care is often misunderstood. Many associate it with end-of-life care or “giving up” — especially with a serious health diagnosis like cancer. However, palliative care is best explained as an extra layer of support that helps reduce the symptoms, pain, or stress often associated with illnesses. Early on, it can help make medical treatments more tolerable. At later stages, it can reduce suffering, help you carry on with daily life, assist you in planning for future medical care, and provide support for those living with a life-threatening illness.

    The experts at the Adult Palliative Care Program at DF/BWCC provide comfort and coping mechanisms for all bladder cancer patients.

    Counseling and social work

    Our licensed social workers are here to help you and your loved ones face the various familial, psychological, and emotional concerns that follow a cancer diagnosis. We offer practical support and assistance, and consider the needs of each patient and family.

    Find out more about these and other services provided by our Adult Social Work Program.

    Nutritional guidance

    DF/BWCC has one of the largest outpatient oncology nutrition departments in the country. Our nutritionists are registered dietitians, skilled at handling your nutrition needs at any stage of cancer. They help you manage side effects of treatment, such as loss of appetite or nausea, assist with weight loss or gain, and answer your questions about the latest findings on cancer nutrition.

    Find out more about our nutrition services.

    Managing physical changes

    Located on the first floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at Dana-Farber, Friends' Place is a boutique dedicated to the cosmetic needs of cancer patients. Friends' Place provides personal consultations to help cancer patients of all ages cope with changes in physical appearance, such as hair loss, that result from cancer treatment.

    Our experienced, compassionate team provides private fittings for special compression garments, which can reduce the swelling caused by lymphedema (a condition resulting from certain cancer treatments). They also offer private fittings for wigs and other head coverings, as well as make-up and skincare advice.

    Find out more about the Friends' Place boutique.

    A road map for living well

    Survivorship care

    Follow-up services are provided through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Adult Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network.

    The Adult Survivorship Program provides clinical care and services, including research that focuses on finding solutions for living well after cancer. The Adult Survivorship Program is one facet of our commitment to providing multidisciplinary medical care after cancer treatment.

    Certain treatments or procedures for bladder cancer patients may result in physical changes that may require lifestyle adjustments. Your bladder cancer team will help you get the medical attention you need at DF/BWCC for these issues and more.

    Find additional information, resources, and support for living well beyond cancer.

    Follow-up testing

    Our DF/BWCC doctors care for patients long after treatment is complete. Since bladder cancer tends to recur even after successful treatment, it's important that we monitor your health in the years following treatment. This may include follow-up tests or minor procedures at our center or with your primary care doctor.

    Explore additional programs and services for our patients and their families at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

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