Keeping Follow-up Appointments
Once you're in remission or your disease is under control, you'll need to visit your primary care physician and oncologist for regular follow-up care. They'll monitor your health and look for any signs that you may need more or different treatment.
Your doctors will let you know how often you need to see them for physical exams and blood tests to check your blood cell counts. Testing may also may include bone marrow tests. Medical follow-up care gives doctors the chance to:
- monitor your disease response to current or past treatments over a period of time
- identify any recurrence of the disease
- detect long-term or late effects
Coordination between your oncologist and primary care physician is important so you can get the best care possible. Some treatment centers have follow-up care clinics, which provide a complete multidisciplinary approach for cancer survivors. To see a list of long-term survival clinics, go to The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
If you continue to have no signs of disease and you don't need care for any long-term or late effects from your treatment, your doctors may suggest longer periods between visits.