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Following a bladder cancer diagnosis, many people want to make positive changes to their lives. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle is often a major part of these changes.

Eating a healthy diet and stopping smoking are two important factors in managing your health during treatment and beyond. You may be facing other choices about your lifestyle, looking at work, relationships, exercise, hobbies and social life, the things that make you, you. 

Everyone is different, so you'll need to work out the details of how you plan your lifestyle. Don't let anything stop you. You are not alone and we are here to support you however we can.   

Surviving and living every moment!

The shadow of bladder cancer may never leave you, as you'll need regular check-ups and treatment may have changed the way your body works. 

However, once you have been through diagnosis, tests and treatment – and emerged from all that – you will know that you are not alone. As you face the challenges moving forward, help and support will be there for you every step of the way. 

Find more tips about managing your mental health, sex and quality of life on our surviving page.

 

Financial support

Having cancer can put a strain on the family finances. When you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis you may be tempted to push financial concerns to the side, but it's really important to get this sorted alongside your medical treatment to minimise stress and anxiety in the future.

Giving advice on financial matters can be very complicated, with many different allowances and benefits available. If you need help with money matters, we recommend the information and support provided by Citizens Advice

Coping with a terminal diagnosis

If you have had the news that your cancer is no longer treatable, you'll be feeling difficult emotions and have important questions. Our page on dealing with a terminal bladder cancer diagnosis has been written by patients for patients and addresses topics including dealing with shock, making plans and practical issues to think about.   

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We’ve done everything we can to make all the information on this site as accurate as possible. Whilst we have had support from a small team of medical professionals advisors to review the general medical content of this site, please remember, that only YOUR medical team can give YOU specific advice about YOUR symptoms or illness. We encourage you to discuss any potential options with them.