Follow-up after treatment for skin cancer
Many people who have surgery for basal cell carcinomas and very early-stage squamous cell carcinomas will not need any follow-up.
However, your doctor may want you to have regular check-ups for a time to make sure the cancer has not come back, and that treatment has been successful. These check-ups are a good opportunity to talk to your doctor about any problems or worries you may have.
Once you’ve had a skin cancer, you’re more at risk of developing another one somewhere else. You’re also more at risk of developing a recurrence of the skin cancer in the area where you had it before. It’s important to regularly check your skin for any new symptoms or changes that could be cancer. If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms in between check-ups, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
For people whose treatment is over apart from regular check-ups, we have information on how to keep healthy and on adjusting to life after cancer.
Share your experience
When treatment finishes, many people find it helps to talk about and share their thoughts, feelings and advice with other people.
This can be especially helpful for other people with skin cancer who are 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. Contact our cancer support specialists or read more about becoming a Cancer Voice.