Life After Treatment
Completing treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You will be relieved to finish treatment, yet it is hard not to worry about cancer coming back. (When cancer returns, it is called recurrence.) This is a very common concern among those who have had cancer.
It may take a while before your confidence in your own recovery begins to feel real and your fears are somewhat relieved. Even with no recurrences, people who have had cancer learn to live with uncertainty.
Seeing a New Doctor
At some point after your cancer diagnosis and treatment, you may find yourself in the office of a new doctor. Your original doctor may have moved or retired, or you may have moved or changed doctors for some reason. It is important to give your new doctor the exact details of your diagnosis and treatment. Make sure you have the following information handy:
A copy of your pathology report from any biopsy or surgery
If you had surgery, a copy of your operative report
If you were hospitalized, a copy of the discharge summary that every doctor must prepare when patients are sent home from the hospital
Finally, since some drugs can have long-term side effects, a list of your drugs, drug doses, and when you took them
Lifestyle Changes to Consider During and After Treatment
Having cancer and dealing with treatment can be time-consuming and emotionally draining, but it can also be a time to look at your life in new ways. Maybe you are thinking about how to improve your health over the long term. Some people even begin this process during cancer treatment.