Neuroendocrine cancer behaves differently in each person, and a standard follow-up schedule would not work for everyone. People with neuroendocrine 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) and the family doctor.
After treatment has ended, new symptoms and symptoms that don't go away or increase should be reported to the doctor without waiting for the next scheduled appointment. These may often include:
There is a chance of neuroendocrine cancer recurring or progressing after treatment, so close follow-up is needed.
Follow-up after neuroendocrine cancer varies. 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 may do a complete physical examination.
Tests may be ordered as part of follow-up or if the doctor suspects the cancer has come back (has recurred).
If a recurrence or increase in tumour mass is found during follow-up, the oncology team will assess the person with cancer to determine the best treatment options.