Follow-up care after cancer treatment
- Check-ups allow your doctor to check on how you are feeling and help with any side-effects you may have
- Your doctor will do regular reviews, including some tests, and check that you are still free of cancer
- Regular check-ups mean that any side-effects or illness can be found and treated sooner rather than later
How often will I have check-ups?
TIP: Write down contact details for your nurse specialist and hospital consultant in case you have a question or worry.
Your first follow-up appointment
- How often will my follow-up appointments be?
- What tests will I be having at my follow-up appointments?
- What should I do or who should I contact if I have any symptoms or concerns?
- Get phone numbers and find out when are the best times to contact a member of the team
- Will my GP be involved in my follow-up care?
- What symptoms should I be looking out for?
- How long will I be on current medications, for example hormonal therapy?
- Tell your doctor exactly how you feel and the short- or long-term side-effects that you may be experiencing.
- Ask how to best manage these side-effects.
How might I feel about follow-up care?
Will my cancer come back?
Remember: If you are worried or notice any new symptoms between appointments, let your doctor know, especially if you have:
- A pain that does not go away, usually in one place
- New or unusual lumps or swelling
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- A fever or cough that does not go away
- Unusual rashes, bruises or bleeding
- Any other symptom you are concerned about