Chemo - What It Is, How It Helps

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Follow-up care

What does “follow-up” mean?

No matter what type of cancer you have had, after your chemo ends you will still need to see your doctor. Your doctor will check your progress and help you deal with any problems you may have. Once treatment is over, there’s a chance that the cancer might come back. There’s no way to know if this will happen to you, but your doctor will want to watch for this. This part of your treatment is called follow-up care.

Here are some questions you might want to ask your doctor after chemo:

  • When can I go back to doing my normal activities?
  • How often will I need to see you?
  • Which tests will be done and why?
  • Do I need to be on a special diet?
  • What should I watch for to know if the cancer is back?

When should I call the doctor?

After treatment, you may be more aware of your body and any day-to-day changes in how you feel. If you have any of the problems listed below, tell your doctor or nurse right away.

  • Pain that does not go away, or pain that’s getting worse
  • New lumps, bumps, or swelling
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, not wanting to eat, or trouble swallowing
  • Weight loss when you are not trying to lose weight
  • Fever or cough that doesn’t go away
  • New rash, new bruises, or bleeding
  • Any other signs that your doctor or nurse wants to know about

Last Medical Review: 03/25/2013
Last Revised: 03/25/2013