Life After Cancer
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Surviving cancer is an amazing success story. Ending cancer treatment is exciting, but it is also challenging. There are so many questions about the future.
After treatment, you will still need regular appointments with your doctor. Work with your doctor to develop the follow-up schedule that works best for you and your specific cancer.
During a follow-up appointment, the doctor will do a physical exam. They may also do some blood tests and x-rays. This is also a good time to talk about any other physical or emotional concerns you have. Examples are:
Dealing With the Fear
It is natural to feel worried before your follow-up appointment. Here are some ideas to help you cope:
Developing a Wellness Plan
After cancer it is important to develop a wellness plan. A wellness plan helps you take care of your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Ask your doctor to help you create a plan for your health. Here are some suggestions:
After treatment has ended, you may want to return to your life before cancer. Counseling, support groups, and other services can help you adjust to any changes.
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Last reviewed October 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 10/8/2021
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