If you were diagnosed with bladder cancer while using the diabetes drug Actos, your losses extend far beyond the medical costs, pain and lost time during your treatment and recovery. Since bladder cancer has a high rate of recurrence, you will be dealing with this for years to come as you endure follow-up tests and the anxiety of waiting for the results.
Although there’s no way to ensure that your bladder cancer won’t recur, this article from the Mayo Clinic provides some helpful advice for managing your stress. Here’s a brief summary of the tips:
Create a schedule for your follow-up tests and make sure you go to them! It’s only natural that you’ll experience some anxiety before each follow-up exam, but remind yourself how important it is to get these tests. With early diagnosis, bladder cancer is highly treatable.
Take care of yourself so that your body is as healthy as possible and ready to fight the cancer if it does return. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Try to reduce stress with methods that work for you, whether that includes meditation, yoga, journaling, or talking with a friend or a therapist.
Connect with other bladder cancer survivors. There are online message boards for survivors, or you can contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to ask about support groups.
While you can never fully recover all that you have lost after having bladder cancer, you are entitled to compensation. As experienced Actos bladder cancer victim lawyers, we can help. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with bladder cancer while taking Actos, contact us for a free consultation.