After treatment for vulval cancer
What follow-up do I need?
No matter what type of cancer treatment you have, you will still need regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up.
The follow-up may involve having a physical exam, blood tests and scans.
If you are between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that is worrying you, contact your doctor or specialist nurse for advice or to make 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) you may have more surgery or other treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy, depending on where the cancer is and your general health. There may also be treatments you can have as part of a clinical trial. Your doctor will advise you on what’s best in your situation. 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.
Coping with a diagnosis of recurrent cancer
It can be hard to cope if you are facing cancer a second time. We have information on where to get emotional support, or you can talk to one of our cancer nurses in confidence by calling our Support Line at 1800 200 700 or by visiting a Daffodil Centre.
For more information
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