Life After Cancer
How do I cope with long-term side-effects from treatment?
If you experience side effects of treatment after you are in remission or cancer free, you are not alone. Depending on the treatment you’ve had, it can be normal for side effects to linger after your cancer treatment ends. These may include emotional and social issues as well. Speak with your doctor about any side effects that are affecting you can get the help you need.
How often should I be monitored?
Once you’ve been treated for cancer, it is important to have regular exams by your doctor. In particular, people who have had lip and oral cavity cancer have a greater risk of developing a second cancer in the head and neck. Your doctor will tell you how often you need to return for follow-up care, but if you notice changes in your health, call your doctor right away.
Where can I find support?
Cancer is both physically and emotionally trying for not only those with the disease but their loved ones as well. Local and online support groups, social workers, counselors and clergy can be helpful during your journey.
Will I recover?
Your recovery depends on a few important factors:
- Where your tumor is in your body
- The size of your tumor
- If the cancer has spread to other organs
- If the cancer can be removed by surgery
- If the cancer has come back