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Survivorship: Follow-up Care

It is very important for cancer survivors to continue to visit their doctors for regular medical check-ups following treatment. Check-ups typically occur every 3-4 months for several years after treatment, and then once or twice per year after that.

At a follow-up appointment, a doctor may look for side effects from treatment and to see if the cancer has returned or spread to other parts of the body. In some cases, blood tests, imaging scans (CT, MRI, PET, etc.) or other tests will be performed.

Survivors should let the care provider know if they are experiencing any side-effects or have any other concerns.  The negative health effects of cancer and cancer treatments (i.e. fatigue) can last for many months after treatment ends.