After treatment for pancreatic 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 have regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up. 

Your doctor will let you know how often you need to see them. Usually this is every 3 months for 3 years. If you’ve had surgery, your first visit is usually 6 weeks later.  Then check-ups are usually every 3-6 months.

The follow-up may involve having a physical exam, a weight check, blood tests and a CT scan. You can also see the dietitian.

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 cancer does come back, it can often be treated again. Your cancer doctor will advise you on what your treatment options are. 
It can be very hard for you emotionally to hear that the cancer has come back. We have some information to help you cope.

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 after cancer.

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