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Follow up for vaginal cancer

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This page tells you about follow up appointments for vaginal cancer.

 

A quick guide to what's on this page

Follow up for vaginal cancer

Once your treatment is over, you will have regular check ups. You will probably have a physical examination at each appointment. Your doctor will ask how you are feeling and whether you have had any new symptoms, or are worried about anything. You may have blood tests or X-rays.

If you do have any new symptoms, your doctor may suggest you have a scan. Generally, if everything is going well, you won't have scans because they are unlikely to tell your doctor anything and it can be worrying while you wait for results. At first, your check ups will be every few weeks or months. If all is well, they gradually become less frequent. If you have any problems between appointments, you can contact your doctor or specialist nurse. You don’t have to wait until your next appointment.

Many people find their check ups can bring back all the worry about their cancer. You may find it helpful to tell someone close to you how you feel. It is quite common nowadays for people to have counselling after cancer treatment.

 

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What happens during check ups

Once your treatment is over, you will have regular check ups. Your checks ups may include

You will not have all these tests at every visit to your specialist. But you will probably have a physical examination at each appointment. Your doctor will ask how you are feeling and whether you have had any new symptoms, or are worried about anything.

If you have any new symptoms, your doctor may suggest a scan to investigate them. Generally, if everything is going well, you will not have follow up scans because they are unlikely to give any new information to you or your doctor and waiting for the results can be worrying.

 

How often you’ll have check ups

This depends on which treatment you have, and how your cancer responds. At first, your check ups will be every few weeks or months. Usually you see your doctor

  • Every 3 months for a year
  • Then every 6 months for 1 to 3 years
  • Then yearly for 2 to 5 years

If all is well, the appointments gradually become less and less frequent. If you are worried or notice any new symptoms between appointments, you must let your doctor or specialist nurse know as soon as possible. You don’t have to wait until your next appointment.

 

Worrying about appointments

Many people find their check ups quite worrying. If you are feeling well and getting on with life, a hospital appointment can bring all the worry about your cancer back to you. You may find it helpful to tell someone close to you how you are feeling. If you are able to share your worries, they may not seem quite so bad.

It is quite common nowadays for people to have counselling after cancer treatment. You can find out more about it in the counselling section.

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Updated: 25 September 2015