After mouth, head and neck cancer treatment

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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. 

These check-ups might include seeing your doctor and dentist, having a physical exam and tests such as X-rays, scopes or scans. Blood tests, especially ones that check your thyroid gland and blood count, will also be taken. It is very important for your doctor and dentist to monitor your progress. It’s also a chance for you to ask any questions and to let the doctor know if you have any side-effects that are bothering you or if you are 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.

What if the cancer comes back?

If the cancer comes back in your mouth, head and neck or somewhere else, your doctor will advise you about your treatment options. This may include taking part in a clinical trial.  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. 

Feelings after treatment

It can take some time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis, even after your treatment has ended. Read about where to get support

Healthy lifestyle changes

Many people want to live a healthy lifestyle after getting a cancer diagnosis. 

Healthy living woman's guide booklet
Healthy living and cancer - A woman's guide booklet
This booklet looks at cancer in general but also cancers specific to women.
Alcohol, Cancer and Your Health booklet
Alcohol, Cancer and Your Health booklet
In this booklet find out the real facts about the link between alcohol and cancer, what is in a measure and get tips to help you tackle your drinking.

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