Follow-up after treatment is an important part of cancer care. Follow-up for pancreatic cancer is often shared among the cancer specialists and your family doctor. Your healthcare team will work with you to decide on follow-up care to meet your needs.
Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to report any new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away. Tell your healthcare team if you have:
The chance of pancreatic cancer recurring is greatest within 2 years, so close follow-up is needed during this time.
Follow-up visits for pancreatic cancer are scheduled based on your personal needs.
If you have surgery to remove the tumour, you may have more frequent follow-up. This is done so doctors can find the cancer early if it comes back.
Follow-up for people with advanced metastatic cancer will depend on their physical condition and symptoms.
During a follow-up visit, your healthcare team usually asks questions about the side effects of treatment and how you are coping. They will ask you if you have any pain, and will help you cope with any eating and nutrition problems.
Your doctor may do a physical exam, including:
Tests are often part of follow-up care. You may have:
If a recurrence is found during follow-up, your healthcare team will assess you to determine the best treatment options.
To make the decisions that are right for you, ask your healthcare team questions about follow-up.