Follow up

Once your treatment is completed, you will have regular check- ups. These will continue for several years, and will happen often at first, then less so.

You may have scans from time to time. But the most important part of your follow-up will be an examination of your head and neck. Your specialist will do this. Tell your specialist about any new symptoms you have or ongoing symptoms that aren’t improving.

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

If you can’t attend a follow-up appointment, contact your doctor or clinic to arrange another appointment.

Coping with physical changes

Some side effects that develop during treatment may take a long time to improve, or may sometimes become permanent (long-term effects). Other effects can develop many years after treatment has finished (late effects). You may not experience any after effects at all or they may range from being mild to more serious.

Always let your doctors know if you have any new symptoms or if side effects aren’t improving. Your doctor will monitor them and arrange for you to have tests, if necessary.

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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.