Many cancer survivors want to take the best care of their health that they can. Along with follow-up visits with your healthcare team, learning what you can do to live a healthy life after cancer can be a positive step forward. Living well can help you:
Just as your cancer treatment plan and experience were unique to you, your wellness plan will also be yours alone. Your healthcare team can help you develop a wellness plan that is tailored to your needs, preferences and fitness level. What’s important is that you understand your wellness plan and are comfortable with following it. It may include plans to:
A plan can make you feel better and more in control of your health, but it’s important to understand that following it doesn’t guarantee that cancer won’t come back. But you will be doing what you can to reduce your risk.
Going for follow-up visits is an important part of managing your healthcare after treatment.
Follow-up care allows your doctor to monitor your progress and recovery from treatment. It gives you an opportunity to talk to your healthcare team about any problems or concerns that you have about your health after treatment.
The schedule of visits is different for each person, and tests or procedures during follow-up are tailored to your situation. You may be seen more often in the first few years after your treatment, and then less often after that.
Many people say that they feel anxious before their appointments (especially the first one). You may be worried that even though you feel well, the cancer has returned. Or you may be worried about a new symptom. You might have an upset stomach or not sleep well the night before. To help you through the appointment:
It is a good idea to keep a personal copy of your cancer treatment history. That way you have a record if you have to change doctors or you have a medical emergency.
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