Follow-up after treatment for primary bone cancer
After your treatment is completed, you’ll have regular check-ups and possibly blood tests, scans or x-rays to check your lungs for any signs of cancer. These will probably continue for several years.
Many people find that for a while they get very anxious before the appointments. This is natural. It may help to get support from family, friends or another organisation during this time.
If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms between check-ups, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
For people whose treatment is over apart from regular check-ups, our information about life after cancer treatment gives useful advice about keeping healthy and adjusting to life after treatment. We also have information about physical activity, diet, giving up smoking and your feelings after treatment.
What if the cancer comes back?
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For many people with early-stage bone cancer, it will never come back after treatment.
If the cancer does come back in the lungs or in a bone, an operation to remove all of the cancer may sometimes be possible. This would be done to try to cure the cancer. Chemotherapy may be given before and after the operation.
If it isn’t possible to cure the cancer, treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be given to control the cancer for as long as possible and to help relieve any symptoms.