Follow up after treatment

After treatment, you will have regular check-ups and chest x-rays. Your appointments will be every few months at first but eventually they may be once a year. Appointments are a good opportunity for you to talk to your doctor or nurse about any concerns you have. But if you notice any new symptoms between appointments, you can contact your doctor or nurse for advice.

Beginning to recover

Now your primary cancer treatment has ended, you may feel ready to get on with your life and look forward to the future. But it’s common to have days when you feel less positive, or to have days when you still feel some of the effects of treatment.

To begin with, it’s important not to expect too much of yourself and to accept that it will take you time to recover. If you think about everything you’ve been through, then it’s not surprising that your recovery is likely to be gradual.

You may have new challenges to cope with, such as physical effects caused by your cancer or its treatment. It usually takes time to adjust to these and to find out what’s now normal for you.

After your treatment is over, you’ll see your specialist for regular check-ups. However, it’s important to remember that support is available to help you with any physical or emotional problems you have in between these appointments.

The experience of cancer may also make you think about what’s important in your life, and you may make positive changes as a result.

We have more information on coping with your feelings after treatment.

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Your care

After your treatment ends you will receive follow-up care from your healthcare team and you may have tests and scans to check your health.

What if cancer comes back?

After your cancer is successfully treated it may still come back. It is often possible to treat cancers that come back.