Life after treatment


Question checklist

This checklist includes the kinds of questions you may want to ask your doctor about living well after cancer treatment.

Fear of the cancer coming back

  • Am I at risk of getting a different type of cancer or another serious health problem due to the cancer or its treatment?
  • How can I manage the fear of the cancer coming back?
  • What can I do to reduce the chance of the cancer returning?
  • How likely is it that my cancer will come back?

Follow-up care

  • Is it possible to get a survivorship care plan?
  • Can I have a copy of my cancer treatment summary?
  • Who should I go to for my follow-up appointments?
  • Why do I need check-ups?
  • What will happen during my check-ups?
  • How often do I need check-ups?
  • What symptoms/problems should I watch out for?
  • Who should I contact if I develop new symptoms?
  • What happens if there are signs the cancer has come back?

Family and friends

  • Where can my family get help and advice?
  • Are my children at risk of inheriting my type of cancer?

Treatment side effects

  • How long will it be before I feel better?
  • Am I at risk of developing late effects? What might these be?
  • What can I do to prevent this?
  • Am I likely to have long-term problems with pain? How can
  • I control the pain?
  • What can I do to stop feeling so tired all the time?
  • What can I do to help me sleep better?
  • Where can I get help for dealing with my feelings? Can you refer me to a psychologist or counsellor?
  • What sexual changes are likely to be short term and what changes are likely to be long term? Who can I speak to about this?
  • Did the cancer and treatment affect my fertility?
  • Is there someone I can see about ongoing side effects?

Taking control of your health

  • Is there anything I can do to improve my health?
  • Should I follow a special diet now that treatment has finished?
  • Who can give me advice about eating a healthy diet?
  • What exercises would you recommend? Can you refer me to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist?
  • What advice do you have about returning to work?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Are there any support services you can refer me to?

 

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