After your treatment has ended, you will be asked to attend follow-up appointments which involve regular medical checkups that include a review of your medical history and examinations. Follow-up care may include other tests such as imaging procedures and blood tests.
These follow-up appointments are important as they can help to identify changes in health and possible recurrence. Follow-up care also deals with ongoing problems due to cancer or its treatment, and check for physical and psychosocial effects that may develop months to years after treatment ends.
The frequency of follow-up care depends on the type of cancer, the type of treatment received, and the person’s overall health, including possible Side Effects of Treatment. More information on Side Effects of Treatment including Late Effects.
Some people experience feelings of stress, anxiety or depression during and/or after treatment and find it useful to speak to someone about how they are feeling – this can be friends, family, psychologists, counsellors, health professionals and other patients. You can use our Blog , Facebook or Twitter pages to share your feelings and experiences.
For information and advive about returning to school, college or work please visit Teenage Cancer Trust.
For more information on adjusting to life after cancer treatment, click here.