Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for myeloma.
Why you have follow up appointments
You have follow up appointments every few months to check how you are and see whether you have any problems or worries. The appointments also give you the chance to raise any concerns you have about your progress.
You have check ups because it is likely the myeloma will become active again at some stage after you have finished treatment. And if you have had chemotherapy or other intensive treatment your doctors need to check for any side effects of treatment.
These longer term side effects could include tingling or numbness in your hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy).
Your doctor or nurse examines you at each appointment. They ask how you're feeling, whether you had any symptoms or side effects and if you're worried about anything.
You might also have tests at some visits.
These tests include blood tests and urine tests. You might need x-rays if you have new bone pain.
Let your team know if you are worried or notice any new symptoms between appointments.
How often you have check ups
These check ups will usually be every 1 to 3 months and will continue for life.
Many people find their check ups quite worrying. It can help to tell someone close to you how you are feeling. Sharing your worries can mean they don't seem so overwhelming. Many people find it helpful to have counselling after cancer treatment.