After testicular cancer treatment
What follow-up do I need?
You will need to go back to hospital for regular check-ups once treatment is over. This is called follow-up. These appointments with the specialist will be quite frequent for the first 2 years. If testicular cancer comes back it is more common for it to do so within the first two years. After 2 years you will be seen less frequently, dropping back to once a year in time. Your doctor will let you know how often they would like to see you.
The follow-up may involve physical exams, blood tests, X-rays and CT scans. Your doctor will check for signs of testicular cancer that may have come back. Your doctor can also keep track of any ongoing side-effects that you may have. 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 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 emergency department at the hospital.
Living a healthy lifestyle
Many people want to live a healthy lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis. Get some advice on healthy living here.
It’s a good idea to check your testicles regularly, as there is a slightly higher risk of getting cancer in the other testicle after you’ve had testicular cancer. See how to check your testicles.
What if the cancer comes back (recurrence)?
If the cancer comes back you can still have treatment. Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you, or you can read more information on treatment for recurrent testicular cancer.
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