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What is the emotional impact of having surgery to remove your bladder?

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Studies show that how satisfied your feel about your new life depends largely on how well you adapt. It’s understandable to feel depressed. It might help you to talk to your family and friends with candor. So can talking to others who’ve had similar surgeries in support groups. If you think counseling or medication would help, ask your doctor.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder cancer,” “Bladder removal surgery,” “Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Living with bladder reconstruction.”

American Cancer Society: “Second Cancers After Bladder Cancer,” “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” “Radical Cystectomy.”

Brady Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Quality of Life After Surgery for Bladder Cancer.”

United Ostomy Associations of America: “Continent Urostomy Guide.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder cancer,” “Bladder removal surgery,” “Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Living with bladder reconstruction.”

American Cancer Society: “Second Cancers After Bladder Cancer,” “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” “Radical Cystectomy.”

Brady Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Quality of Life After Surgery for Bladder Cancer.”

United Ostomy Associations of America: “Continent Urostomy Guide.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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