What happens after treatment?

After treatment, you will have regular check-ups. At these appointments, your doctor may examine you and you may have your weight checked and blood tests taken. You won’t usually have scans, unless you develop symptoms that need to be checked.

If you notice any new symptoms between appointments, contact your doctor or nurse for advice.

Many people find they get anxious for a while before a check-up. This is natural. It can help to get support from family or friends. You can also contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

Follow-up for aggressive NHL

Your outpatient appointments will usually be every three months at first, but as time goes on they’ll become less often. Most people have follow-up appointments for 2–5 years after finishing treatment.

Follow-up for indolent NHL

Your outpatient appointments will usually be every 2–4 months to begin with. If you are having maintenance treatment with rituximab, you will continue to have check-ups every 2–4 months until this is over.

Over time your check-ups will become less often.

Appointments are a good opportunity for you to talk to your doctor or nurse about any concerns you have. Your doctor will want to know how you are feeling generally, and to check you are recovering from any side effects of treatment.

After treatment for NHL, some people choose to make positive lifestyle changes. Visit our section on well-being and recovery after cancer treatment.