Hmmmm...looks like each institution has its own guidelines whether it be in the UK or USA. For the first 2 yrs after cystectomy it was a CT every 6 months..blood work every 3 months and a chest X-ray once a year. AFter the 2 yr mark blood work every 6 months...a yearly chest X-ray and yearly CT scan til the 5 yr mark. Initially my doctor wanted the CT scan every 6 months until the 5 yr mark but i balked at that after discussion with my Internist on exposure to radiation.
I am in the USA and I am going for my 6 month post RC/neobladder check. I am scheduled for labs, cytology, bone scan, urogram, chest and pelvic MRI, and not sure what else. I was T3 grade 3 at RC and I have a bone tumor and enlarged lymph node they are not calling cancer but won't call benign either yet. I was told all this every three monthes for 2-3 years then every 6 months til 5 yrs. Best to you, holly
Well I know after I was all done I am being seen every 3 months at this time and I asked and they said for blood work. Now nothing about any scans and why would they unless they see something that came back from the lab in your blood work that didn't look right. I go back the first week of Nov. For me this seems like heaven because the Univ of Penn was starting to feel like my 2nd home there for awhile lol. Joe
Seemingly not. I did have a CT scan post surgery and then asked about them but was told they wouldn't be part of my follow-up unless I experienced symptoms. They were mentioned as a follow-up earlier but the regimen has changed for me. My BC was TaG3 with CIS.
I am in the UK. I had my surgery/Mitrofanoff (pouch) at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge - 16months ago. I am seeing my Consultant every 3 months- Chest Xray and blood tests. 4 months after I had a Renogram and CT Scan and after 1 year I had a kidney scan. I am hoping that visits will soon move to every 6 months and then annually. I was told this would be how it would be. As Clur said the consultants secretary is usually the person to contact - or did you have a named nurse for after care?