Bladder Cancer: Side Effects


New and improved treatments are helping persons with breast cancer live longer than ever before. However, you may suffer side effects or experience complications from cancer treatment. Ask your doctor about any potential side effects you may experience.

Your long-term prognosis after your treatment for bladder cancer depends on many things. The more advanced your cancer, generally the poorer the outcome.

The following are some common side effects for specific bladder cancer treatments.


  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Infection (due to weakening of the immune system)
  • Nausea and vomiting


Possible side effects that usually improve within a few days after treatment:

  • Frequent urination
  • Irritable bladder
  • Painful urination
  • Urgent need to urinate

Rare side effects include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Chills
  • Itching
  • Joint pain
  • Malaise
  • Nausea

Ileal Conduit

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Blood clots
  • Long-term damage to the upper urinary tract
  • Pneumonia
  • Skin breakdown around the stoma
  • Urinary tract infection

Continent Urinary Reservoir

  • Blood clots
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Pneumonia
  • Skin breakdown around the stoma
  • Ureteral obstruction
  • Ureteral reflux
  • Urinary tract infection

Orthotopic NeoBladder

  • Urine leakage at night
  • Irregular urination