Image for life after cancer article Cancer can be deadly, but millions of people beat it. Surviving cancer is one of the most amazing success stories a person can have. Ending cancer treatment is exciting, but it is also challenging. There are so many questions. What happens next? Will your cancer return? How can you stay healthy?

Although your cancer treatment has ended, you will still need to have regular appointments with your doctor. This may be every 3-4 months for the first two years after treatment. Eventually, you may need a check-up only once or twice a year. Still, these check-ups are an important part of your follow–up care, so work with your doctor to develop the follow-up schedule that works best for you.

During a follow-up appointment, the doctor will do a physical exam. They may also do some blood tests and x-rays. But this is also an important time to talk with your doctor and address any physical or emotional issues that you are experiencing. Examples of important issues that you should discuss include:

  • Symptoms that you think may be a sign of cancer’s return
  • Pain that you are experiencing
  • Physical problems that interfere with your daily life or that bother you, such as fatigue, insomnia, sexual problems, or weight changes
  • Emotional problems, such as feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Changes in your family history