Follow up after treatment for head and neck cancer

After your treatment, you will have regular follow-up appointments for several years. For the first two years, you will have follow up appointments more often. Your specialist will regularly examine your head and neck area. This is the most important part of your follow-up. You may also have scans from time to time.

It can take several months for the side effects of the treatment to get better. Tell your specialist about any ongoing side effects or symptoms that are not improving. You should also tell them about any new symptoms that do not get better within two weeks. Symptoms could include new ulcers or lumps in your neck, pain, or difficulty swallowing or speaking.

If you have any problems or notice any new symptoms in between these appointments, tell your GP, specialist or nurse specialist as soon as possible.

If you cannot attend a follow-up appointment, contact your doctor, clinic or someone from your ENT (ear nose and throat) team to make another appointment.

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Wellbeing and recovery

Looking after yourself by eating well, not smoking, cutting back on alcohol and being physically active can help your recovery.