Follow-up after treatment is an important part of cancer care. Follow-up for stomach cancer is often shared among the cancer specialists (for example, oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists) 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 stomach cancer coming back (recurring) is greatest within 2 years, so close follow-up is needed during this time.
Follow-up visits for stomach cancer are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, your healthcare team will usually ask questions about the side effects of treatment and how you’re coping. They may also ask about how well you’re eating if you have had surgery to remove your stomach. You’ll also likely meet with a nutritionist.
Your doctor may do a physical exam, including an exam of the abdomen.
Tests are often part of follow-up care. You may have:
If a recurrence is found, 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.
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