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Follow up for prostate cancer

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Follow up for prostate cancer

After your treatment you will have regular check ups at the hospital outpatient department. These appointments may continue for several years. Your doctor will use the check ups to

  • See how you are getting over your treatment
  • Ask you if you are worried about anything
  • Investigate any new symptoms, if you have any

What happens during check ups?

Your doctor will examine you and ask how you have been feeling. This is your chance to ask about anything that has been bothering you. You will have blood tests to check prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and you may have occasional X-rays. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you have any problems. Also tell them if you notice any new symptoms between check ups.

How often will I need check ups?

How often you have check ups depends very much on the stage of your cancer, the treatment you've had, and how well your treatment has worked.

 

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Why do I need check ups?

After your treatment you will have regular check ups at the hospital outpatient department. These appointments may continue for several years. Your doctor will use the check ups to

  • See how you are getting over your treatment
  • Ask you if you are worried about anything
  • Investigate new symptoms, if you have any
 

What happens during check ups?

Your doctor will examine you and ask how you have been feeling. This is your chance to ask about anything that has been bothering you. You will have blood tests to check your PSA levels and you may have occasional X-rays. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you have any problems. Also tell your doctor if you notice any new symptoms between check ups.

It is quite common nowadays for people to have counselling after cancer treatment. To find out more about counselling, look in the coping with cancer section.

 

How often will I need check ups?

How often you have check ups depends very much on the stage of your cancer, the treatment you've had, and how you have responded to the treatment.

For example, after treatment you may start with an appointment once a month, then move to three monthly appointments, depending on how you are. If your PSA level is not stable you might need to see your doctor more often, perhaps every two months. If your cancer is advanced, your need for appointments will depend on any symptoms you have and the treatment you are having.

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Updated: 25 February 2014