After treatment

Follow-up

Following treatment, your hospital doctor, GP or nurse specialist will organise for you to have regular check-ups. They will continue to monitor your symptoms and will aim to give you further treatments, if these are needed to control your symptoms.

If you have any concerns or symptoms that you’re worried about, let your doctor or specialist nurse know as soon as possible. You don’t have to wait until your next appointment (if you have one booked). Many people find they get very anxious for a while before appointments. This is natural and it may help to get support from family, friends or from a support organisation.

Rehabilitation and recovery

Mesothelioma affects people in different ways. Some people find that they need to take things more slowly for a while after treatment, especially if they’ve been in hospital or have had to rest at home for long periods. Others find that it doesn’t take them long to get back to their normal routine.

If you think you need extra help at home, let the doctors or nurses who are looking after you know. They can assess your needs and organise extra support. They can also arrange for you to see a physiotherapist if you need help with your mobility or advice on breathing exercises.

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 mesothelioma 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. Call us on 0808 808 00 00 for more information.

Back to Treating

Making treatment decisions

Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat many different types of cancer. It is most commonly given as an injection into a vein or as tablets or capsules.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

Surgery

Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.