Follow-up care with your cancer care team
Your cancer care team will tell you how often to follow-up with your treatment team. Specific x-rays or scans as well as laboratory tests will be determined by your oncologist depending upon the type of cancer and treatment that you received.
Some guidelines apply to all cancer survivors:
- Always discuss any concerns regarding your health and symptoms with your treatment team.
- Continue to follow up with your treatment team at the recommended intervals.
- Remember that your body needs time to heal and adjust. It is normal for some side effects to last up to a year.
- It’s also common for new side effects to appear after treatment is over, even months or years later. Be sure to discuss any new or persistent concerns with your treatment team.
Regular Health Screenings
In general, survivors should see a member of their cancer treatment team every 3 months for the first 3 years after treatment, and then every 6 months for two years, then annually thereafter. It is also important to keep up with your regular medical and dental check-ups and to have all age-appropriate screening exams.
Talk to your treatment team about:
- What Specific tests, scans and lab work recommended for your type of cancer.
- Whether genetic counseling is needed.
- Specific lifestyle and health choices you should make.
- Any new or persistent symptoms.