Follow-up after treatment for prostate cancer

After you have finished prostate cancer treatment, you will have follow-up appointments.

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Having check-ups

After treatment has finished, you will have follow-up appointments.

If you have had surgery or radiotherapy, you will have regular check-ups after your treatment finishes. You will usually be seen at a clinic appointment every few months for the first year. After the first year, you will be seen every 6 months for up to 2 years although this can vary from hospital to hospital. At the appointment, you will be asked about any side effects or new symptoms you are having. You will usually have a PSA test and a rectal examination.

If you are having ongoing hormonal treatment, you will continue to be checked at appointments, usually every few months.

You may see your cancer specialist for follow-up appointments, or you may have a PSA test at your GP surgery. You can talk to your cancer specialist about how you will have follow-ups after treatment. They can also tell you who you should contact if you have any problems in between appointments.

Many people find they get anxious before the appointments. This is natural. It can help to get support from family, friends or a support organisation such as Prostate Cancer UK.

Macmillan is also here to support you. If you would like to talk, you can:

If prostate cancer comes back

Sometimes treatment will cure prostate cancer. But for some people, cancer may come back after treatment. If your cancer comes back, you may be able to have further treatment.

What treatment you may be offered will depend on:

  • the PSA level
  • whether you have any symptoms
  • whether you have already had treatment
  • what type of treatment you have already had.

Your doctor can explain what treatment might be right for your situation.

About our information

  • References

    Below is a sample of the sources used in our prostate cancer information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at

    European Association of Urologists. Guidelines on Prostate Cancer. 2016.

    European Society for Medical Oncology. Cancer of the prostate: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. 2015.

    National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Prostate cancer overview. Available from: (accessed from March 2017 to November 2017).

    National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Surveillance report 2016. Prostate cancer: diagnosis and management (2014). NICE guideline CG175. 2016.

  • Reviewers

    This information has been written, revised and edited by Macmillan Cancer Support’s Cancer Information Development team. It has been reviewed by expert medical and health professionals and people living with cancer. It has been approved by Senior Medical Editors, Dr Jim Barber, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Dr Lisa Pickering, Consultant Medical Oncologist.

    Our cancer information has been awarded the PIF TICK. Created by the Patient Information Forum, this quality mark shows we meet PIF’s 10 criteria for trustworthy health information.