After treatment – follow-up for myeloma
After your treatment has finished, your doctor will probably want you to have regular check-ups and x-rays.
You’ll have regular blood and urine samples taken, to check the level of paraproteins in your blood. If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms between appointments, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Many people find they get very anxious for a while before appointments. This is natural and it may help to get support from family or friends during this time.
For people whose treatment is over apart from regular check-ups, our section on life after cancer treatment has useful advice on how to keep healthy and adjust to life after cancer.
Rehabilitation and recovery
Myeloma affects people in different ways. You may find that you can make a fairly quick return to normal life after treatment, but don’t worry if at first you’re not as fit as you used to be and can’t easily do all the things you once took for granted. It can take some time to get back into a normal routine if you’ve been in hospital or have had to rest at home for long periods.
If you’re working and your job involves heavy lifting, or if you take part in any sports that may put a strain on your back, you should ask your doctor’s advice before going back to these things.
If needed, while you’re in hospital, physiotherapists will start to get you back on your feet by teaching you muscle-strengthening exercises and helping you to walk. The occupational therapists from the hospital can help you do your normal activities around the home. They can visit your home with you to see if you need special adaptations to help you cope more easily.
Many social workers attached to hospitals are also trained counsellors. They can offer valuable support and practical advice to you and your family, both in hospital and at home.
If you’d like to talk to a social worker, ask your doctor or nurse to arrange this.
Share your experience
When treatment finishes, many people find it helps to talk about it and share their thoughts, feelings and advice with other people.
This can be especially helpful for other people with myeloma who are perhaps about to start their treatment. Just hearing about how you’ve coped, what side effects you had and how you managed them is very helpful to someone in a similar situation.
We can help you share your story. Find out more about our Cancer Voices Network.