After treatment for kidney cancer
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What follow-up do I need?
No matter what type of cancer treatment you get, you will still need to go back to hospital for regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up.
At first these visits to your specialist will be quite often, sometimes every 3 to 6 months, especially for the first 2 years. The visits are likely to continue for up to 5 years. The follow-up may involve having a physical exam, blood and urine tests, chest X-rays, and ultrasound and chest CT scans. 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, contact your doctor or specialist nurse for advice and to make an appointment, if necessary.
If you become suddenly unwell and can’t contact your specialist nurse or hospital team, go to your GP or the accident and emergency department at the hospital.
What if the cancer comes back ?
If your cancer is advanced it can still be treated. Treatment is usually to control the cancer rather than cure it. Your consultant will tell you what your treatment options are.
Feelings after treatment
It can take some time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis, even after your treatment has ended. Read about feelings after treatment and where to get support.
Living a healthy lifestyle
It's important to look after yourself after a cancer diagnosis. Get some advice on healthy living here.
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