it comes to bladder cancer, complications are not uncommon. If the cancer is putting pressure on the junction of
one or both ureters, it can cause obstruction of the kidneys. Your kidneys are involved in the purification of
your body; its blockage may lead to serious medical conditions and even death.
In addition, bladder cancer
has a tendency to relapse; it can recur anytime after the treatment. Therefore, avoid all factors that can lead
to bladder cancer during and after treatment is very important to increase your chance of surviving.
Complications of the treatment
While it is necessary to
treat the cancer, the treatment itself can cause problems. In fact, complications of bladder cancer arise mostly
from the treatment than the cancer itself. Surgery is the type of therapy which is most often responsible for
post treatment complications. Usually, complications depend on the type of surgery performed.
For instance, a partial
cystectomy can damage the bladder, but the bladder will still be able to retain urine. After a total cystectomy,
however, you will be completely without bladder, so you need another way to store and eliminate urine. In some
cases, your urological surgeon can create a new bladder using a small section of your intestinal tissue. The
prosthesis must be emptied regularly and manually, using a tube or catheter.
Similarly, your surgeon may
perform a urostomy. During the procedure, your surgeon will connect your ureters to the abdominal wall to create
an opening called stoma. A plastic bag will be attached to the exterior of the stoma to collect urine and
replace the bladder. The bag must also be emptied regularly.
In addition, surgery for
bladder cancer can lead to infertility in women, in case of removal of the uterus; menopause when the ovaries
are removed; and sexual dysfunction, if the vagina has been shrunk or shorten. Men may also experience
infertility and sexual dysfunction if the prostate and the glands producing sperm have been removed or severely