Follow-up care

After your treatment has finished, you will have regular check-ups with your cancer doctor, urologist or nurse. They will tell you how often and for how long you will need to have these. It will depend on the type of treatment you had and the risk of the cancer coming back.

Some people will have regular tests to check for any signs of the cancer coming back. If cancer comes back in the kidney but nowhere else, it may be possible to have further surgery to remove it.

You can talk to your cancer doctor or specialist nurse about any problems or worries you have at these check-ups. But if you notice any new symptoms or have any problems between appointments, contact your doctor or nurse for advice.

Many people find they get anxious before their appointments. You may worry about the cancer coming back. This is natural. It can help to get support from family, friends or your specialist nurse. Or you can speak to our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00. Some other organisations also offer support to people affected by kidney cancer.

It may help to have a talk with your GP about seeking some counselling support. It doesn’t change what’s happened, but can help with the anxious feelings.

Christine, diagnosed with kidney cancer

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Be aware of symptoms

Ask your doctor or nurse if there are any symptoms you should look out for after treatment finishes.