After Treatment

Since every case is different, it is difficult to predict what to expect following cancer treatment.
 
Expectations
  • Some women may not begin to address the emotional turmoil caused by the disease until after their treatment is over. For many, it becomes a time to reflect on life going forward.
  • Some treatments can cause sexual difficulties.
  • When you finish treatment, you may not have as much interaction with your cancer care team and this can cause anxiety.
It is important to ask for help from friends, family and members of your Riverside cancer care team. We are here to help you transition after cancer treatment and can recommend resources for you and your family.
 
Follow up care
After your treatment, your doctor will want you to schedule regular follow-up visits and testing. It's very important that you keep these appointments. They will help you and your doctor catch early signs of a cancer reoccurrence.  

Check up schedule
Your doctor may recommend a physical exam and a pap test on this or a similar schedule following cancer treatment:
  • The first year following treatment: Exam and pap test every 3 months
  • The second year: Exam and pap test every 4 months
  • Years 3 through 6: Exam and testing every 6 months
  • 6+ years after treatment: Tested annually
During these visits, your doctor may:
  • Ask about symptoms.
  • Do a physical exam and pap tests.
  • Order blood tests or imaging tests such as CT scans or x-rays.
  • Address any concerns you may have about lingering side effects of your treatment.

 

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