After bile duct cancer treatment
What follow-up do I need?
No matter what type of cancer treatment you get, you will still need regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up. Your level of follow-up will be decided by the type of treatment pathway you are on. All follow-up will involve regular reviews with your consultant.
The follow-up may involve having a physical exam, a CT scan or blood tests. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you have, and to let your doctor know if you are having any problems or finding it hard to cope.
If you are between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that is worrying you, call your specialist nurse for advice or to arrange an earlier outpatient appointment if necessary.
If you become suddenly unwell and can’t contact your specialist nurse or hospital team, go to your GP or the emergency department at the hospital.
What if the cancer comes back?
If the cancer comes back (recurrent cancer) it may be able to be treated again. Your doctor will advise you on what’s best in your situation. There may also be treatments you can have as part of a clinical trial. However, not all trials are suitable for all patients with a particular type of cancer. Your doctor will be able to tell you if there are any trials running that are suitable for you. See also questions to ask your doctor about clinical trials.
You might also find it reassuring to have another medical opinion. Your doctor will refer you to another specialist for a second opinion if you feel this would be helpful.
Living a healthy lifestyle
It's important to look after yourself after cancer treatment and having a healthy lifestyle can help you to feel better and keep up your strength and energy. Read more about life after treatment and get some advice on healthy living here.
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