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Follow up care: Next steps after finishing cancer treatments

Cancer survivorship care plans

Your cancer treatments are now finished.  You are joining a growing number of people living with cancer who are often called cancer survivors.  Follow up is a very important part of your cancer care.  Survivorship Care Plans describe your recommended follow up care.  It will help you learn how to manage your life after cancer treatment, understand what you can do to reduce your risk of the cancer coming back and explain the tests that are recommended for you.  Your cancer doctor has also sent your health care providers (family doctor/nurse practitioner and, if needed, surgeon) a copy of your follow up care plan.  

There is a general survivorship care plan and specific ones for breast, colon, rectal, thyroid and prostate cancer.

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

Care Plans

Living Beyond Cancer video series

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 Radiation Therapy


 Short and Long Term Side-Effects of Chemotherapy

 Practical Supports and Coping (Social Work)

 Spiritual Care: Finding Meaning


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