After ovarian cancer treatment
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.
The follow-up may involve having a physical exam, blood tests including a blood test called a ca125 and scans, such as a CT, MRI or PET scan.
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 accident and emergency department at the hospital.
What if the cancer comes back?
If the cancer comes back or reoccurs the treatment you will be offered depends on the extent of the reoccurrence. If the cancer comes back to a single site you may be given an option of surgery and chemotherapy. If the cancer returns to multiple sites the treatment offered will generally be chemotherapy or targeted therapy.
Why does cancer come back after treatment?
Unfortunately sometimes cancer does come back. This doesn’t mean that you did something wrong or that your first treatment was unsuccessful. Sometimes cancer cells remain in your body and start to grow again, although your doctors do all they can to prevent this.
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