Follow-up care

Follow-Up Care for Breast Cancer (ASCO)

To help doctors provide their patients with the highest quality care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) provides recommendations for follow-up care for women who have received treatment for breast cancer. This article combines recommendations updated in 2012 by ASCO and recommendations from ASCO and the American Cancer Society (ACS) developed in 2015.

Follow-Up Care After Breast Cancer Treatment (ACS)

Many women are relieved or excited to be finished with breast cancer treatment. But it can also be a time of worry for women who fear their cancer could come back, or who feel lost without the same frequency of visits with their cancer care team.

Living as a Bladder Cancer Survivor

For some people with bladder cancer, treatment can remove or destroy the cancer. Completing treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You may be relieved to finish treatment, but find it hard not to worry about cancer coming back. This is very common if you’ve had cancer.

Living as a Colorectal Cancer Survivor

For many people with colorectal cancer, treatment may remove or destroy the cancer. The end of treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You’ll be relieved to finish treatment, yet it’s hard not to worry about cancer coming back. This is very common if you’ve had cancer. For other people, colorectal cancer may never go away completely. Some people may get regular treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other treatments to try to help keep the cancer in check. Learning to live with cancer that does not go away can be difficult and very stressful.

Living As a Soft Tissue Sarcoma Survivor

For some people with soft tissue sarcoma , treatment may remove or destroy the cancer. Completing treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You may be relieved to finish treatment, but find it hard not to worry about cancer coming back. This is a very common if you've had cancer. For other people, the cancer may never go away completely. They might get regular treatments with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other therapies to try to help keep the cancer in check. Learning to live with cancer that does not go away can be difficult and very stressful.

Breast Cancer Follow-Up and Management After Primary Treatment

Guideline Status: Review in Progress Published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 3, Issue 7 (March), 2013: 961-965 James L. Khatcheressian, Patricia Hurley, Elissa Bantug, Laura J. Esserman, Eva Grunfeld, Francine Halberg, Alexander Hantel, N. Lynn Henry, Hyman B. Muss, Thomas J. Smith, Victor G. Vogel, Antonio C. Wolff, Mark R. Somerfield, and Nancy E. Davidson Purpose To provide recommendations on the follow-up and management of patients with breast cancer who have completed primary therapy with curative intent.

Follow-Up Care for Colorectal Cancer

Key Messages: The primary goal of follow-up care for colorectal cancer is early detection of cancer that has returned after treatment. Follow-up care for colorectal cancer includes regular physical examinations, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) tests, computed tomography (CT) scans, and colonoscopy or rectosigmoidoscopy. Talk with your doctor about your risk of having the cancer come back and an appropriate follow-up care plan for you. The importance of follow-up care

Living as a Melanoma Skin Cancer Survivor

For many people with melanoma, treatment can remove or destroy the cancer. Completing treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You may be relieved to finish treatment, but find it hard not to worry about cancer growing or coming back. (When cancer comes back after treatment, it is called recurrent cancer or a recurrence.) This is very common if you’ve had cancer.

Living as a Prostate Cancer Survivor

For most men with prostate cancer, treatment can remove or destroy the cancer. Completing treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You may be relieved to finish treatment, but find it hard not to worry about cancer growing or coming back. This is very common if you’ve had cancer.

What Happens During and After Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Children?

During and after treatment for lymphoma, the main concerns for most families are the short- and long-term effects of the lymphoma and its treatment, and concerns about the lymphoma coming back. It is certainly normal to want to put the lymphoma and its treatment behind you and to get back to a life that doesn’t revolve around cancer. But it’s important to realize that follow-up care is a central part of this process that offers your child the best chance for recovery and long-term survival.

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