After treatment for stomach cancer
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 blood tests and 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. You may want to see the dietitian as well. If you have a follow-up appointment coming up, contact the dietitian to see if you can see him or her the same day.
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 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 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.
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.
Many people want to live a healthy lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis. Get some advice on healthy living here.
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