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Follow up

After treatment for lung cancer, you have regular appointments with your doctor or nurse. You also have tests including blood tests, x-rays and scans.

Why you have follow up

You have follow up appointments to check how you are and see if you have any problems or worries. The appointments also give you the chance to raise any concerns you have about your progress.

How often you have check ups

After treatment such as surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, you are likely to have an appointment with your doctor between 2 and 6 weeks after the treatment has finished.

After that you have appointments with your doctor or specialist nurse at regular intervals, usually every 6 to 12 weeks.

What happens

Your doctor or nurse examines you at each appointment. They ask how you are feeling, whether you have had any symptoms or side effects, and if you are worried about anything.

You might also have tests at some visits.

Tests might include:

  • blood tests
  • x-rays
  • a CT scan
  • an ultrasound scan

If you're worried

Contact your doctor or specialist nurse if you have any concerns between appointments. You should also contact them if you notice any new symptoms. You don’t have to wait until your next visit.

Many people find their check ups quite worrying. A hospital appointment can bring back any anxiety you had about your cancer.

It can help to tell someone close to you how you’re feeling. Sharing your worries can mean they don’t seem so overwhelming. Many people find it helpful to have counselling during or after cancer treatment.

You can also find people to share experiences with by using our online forum, CancerChat.

Cancer Research UK nurses

For support and information, you can call the Cancer Research UK information nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can give advice about who can help you and what kind of support is available.