Living with bowel cancer
What follow-up do I need?
Once your treatment is over, your doctor will want to see you for regular check-ups. This is known as follow-up. At first these check-ups will be quite often but gradually become less frequent. The follow-up will continue for at least 5 years. At the check-up, you may have tests like a physical exam, X-rays, scans, a colonoscopy or blood tests.
There are many cancer support centres and voluntary groups around the country. If you feel they could help you and your family, call our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700. Our Cancer nurses can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area. We can also help you cope with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis.
Note: Links to external websites are listed below. The Irish Cancer Society is not responsible for the contents of external websites.
- Irish Cancer Society online community
- Irish Stoma Care and Colorectal Nurses Association
- Colostomy Association
- Ileostomy, Colostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group
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