As you come to the end of your treatment, you will usually have a discussion with someone from your cancer team. This may be your specialist doctor or nurse, or another health professional. They should talk to you about what to expect after treatment finishes and ask about any concerns and specific needs you may have.
In some hospitals, this is called a holistic needs assessment or end of treatment assessment. You might have a care plan made up based on this. This should give information about the support you’re getting and other services that may be useful. Ideally, you should have a copy. You can use it at your follow up appointments, and when you see your GP or any other doctor about a condition not related to cancer. You can update your care plan whenever you need to.
Some hospitals produce a treatment summary at the end of your treatment. It describes the treatment you’ve had, what you should expect and details of the follow-up or tests you’ll have. You keep a copy and the hospital should send another to your GP.
End of treatment assessments, care plans and treatment summaries aren’t yet standard practice in the NHS, but more hospitals are moving towards this. How and when it’s done will depend on the type of cancer and its treatment. It may be done formally or in an informal way.
You will always have the chance to talk to someone from your cancer team before your treatment ends. It’s a good idea to prepare for this and think about what you’d like to ask.