After treatment, you have regular check ups to look for signs of the cancer coming back. This is called monitoring or follow up.
You have tests that might include blood tests, x-rays and CT scans.
The blood tests are for proteins made by testicular cancer, called tumour markers. You have these tests regularly to check that your cancer hasn't come back.
You may also have regular chest x-rays. This is because testicular cancer can spread to the lungs.
You can talk to the doctor or nurse about any side effects of treatment at your appointments.
How you may feel
Some people find it very stressful to know they need follow up for cancer. You can talk this through with your doctor or specialist nurse. They can:
- reassure you
- explain how often you will have checks
- explain the treatment you may have if the cancer does come back
There is currently no evidence linking stress to cancer.
It can be very helpful to have counselling after cancer treatment or during longer term treatments.
What you can do for yourself
To keep healthy and feel you are doing something positive you can:
- eat a healthy diet
- try to learn to relax
- try to stop smoking
- note any new symptoms and report them to your doctor
A diet high in fresh fruit, vegetables and fish and low in animal fats is good for your health.
Relaxing will help you feel better and may help you cope better too. You could try a new hobby or relaxation techniques.