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 cancer care team. They will check how you are doing and help you deal with any problems you may have. This part of your treatment is called follow-up care.

After treatment, there’s a chance that the cancer might come back. There’s no way to know if this will happen to you, but your team will want to watch for this.

Here are some questions you may want to ask after chemo ends:

  • When can I go back to doing things I used to do?
  • 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 changes in how you feel from day to day. If you have any of the problems listed here, tell your cancer care team right away.

  • Pain that doesn’t go away or is getting worse
  • New lumps, bumps, or swelling
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, not wanting to eat, or trouble swallowing
  • Weight loss when you’re not trying to lose weight
  • Fever or cough that doesn’t go away
  • New rash, new bruises, or bleeding
  • Any other signs your team tells you to watch for

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Last Medical Review: March 15, 2016 Last Revised: March 15, 2016

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