After treatment you’ll probably be keen to get back to doing the things you did before your cancer diagnosis. But you may still be coping with the side effects of treatment and with some difficult emotions. Recovery takes time, so be kind to yourself.
Our section on life after cancer treatment discusses how to adjust to life after treatment.
You’ll have regular check-ups at the hospital. Your doctor or specialist nurse will tell you how often and for how long you’ll need to have these. It will depend on the type of treatment you had and the risk of the cancer coming back. Some people will have regular tests to check for any signs of the cancer coming back. If cancer comes back in the kidney, it may be possible to have further surgery to remove it.
If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms between follow-up appointments, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
After surgery to remove kidney cancer, many people find they worry about the cancer coming back. This is natural and it may help to get support from family or friends. Most people find the anxiety gets less as time passes.