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Eye cancer behaves differently in each person, and a standard follow-up schedule would not work for everyone. People with eye cancer should talk to their doctor about a follow-up plan that suits their individual situation. Follow-up care is often shared among the cancer specialists (oncologists), the family doctor and eye specialists.
After treatment has ended, new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away should be reported to the doctor without waiting for the next scheduled appointment. These may include:
Follow-up after eye cancer treatment varies. Follow-up after treatment is tailored to the individual. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, the doctor usually asks questions about the side effects of treatment and how the person is coping. The doctor will also ask people who have an artificial eye (prosthesis) if they are having any problems with it. The doctor may do a complete physical examination, including:
Tests may be ordered as part of follow-up or if the doctor suspects the cancer has come back (has recurred).
If a recurrence is found during follow-up, the oncology team will assess the person with cancer to determine the best treatment options.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.