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Follow up care: Next steps after finishing cancer treatments

When you started your cancer treatment, you couldn't wait for it to end. But now that you've finished your treatment, you may not feel sure if you're ready for life after cancer.  You may be feeling a mix of emotions – joy, worry, appreciation and confusion to name a few.  It is normal to have these feelings.  

It is important to let you health care practitioner know how you are adjusting to your “new normal”.

There are a number of supports available for cancer survivors.  Before you finish your treatment ask your doctor or nurse about supports available for you.

Your Cancer doctor or nurse will review your survivorship care plan with you. This plan outlines:

  • How often you should see your family doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Tests you will need to have
  • How to manage any side effects you have
  • Emergency signs to watch for
  • Healthy living tips

There is a general survivorship care plan to guide (PDF) for most patients and specific plans for people who have finished treatment for breast, colon, prostate, rectal and thyroid cancers.

You may want to talk to someone who has had the same kind of cancer you have. Call the Canadian Cancer Society to be matched with a Cancer Connection volunteer or attend a support group in your area, 1-800-639-333 or learn more about cancer support groups.

Follow up care videos

Finishing cancer treatment can be a time of highs and lows. For some people, going back to “normal life” or a “new normal” is not easy. Some people may feel lost because they are no longer receiving active treatment; others may have a hard time adjusting to not seeing their health care team regularly. Along with the relief you might feel at finishing your treatment, it is normal to have concerns about your recovery and your future. The Living Beyond Cancer Video Series provides information about what you can expect after your cancer treatment ends.

What is Follow up Care?

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 Short and Long Term Side-Effects of Chemotherapy

 Practical Supports and Coping (Social Work)

 Spiritual Care: Finding Meaning


Clinics, Programs, and Services

Psychosocial Oncology

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Psychosocial Oncology Health Care Professionals provide psycho-therapy and counselling to cancer patients and their families to help them deal with the emotional and practical impact of cancer.   Team members...


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