What is the follow up plan after lung cancer treatment?

It is important for patients who have been diagnosed and treated with lung cancer to speak to their doctor of a follow up plan. Follow up plan is a set of recommendations for cancer care after treatment ends. If you are the patient who has just finished treatment here are the few things that you should keep in mind as a part of follow up care:

Reoccurrence or persistence of symptoms

Do not hesitate to report symptoms that recur, or new symptoms that come up or even persistent symptoms like;

  • Persistent cough
  • Pain in the back, legs and chest
  • Coughing up blood
  • headaches
  • Persistent pain abdomen

Follow up visits

Follow up visits are a must for lung cancer and must be planned out with a doctor and should be done every 3 to 6 months. During follow up visits it is common for the doctor or medical team to ask how you are coping or if side effects or symptoms have recurred. The doctor will do a physical exam like listen to the lung or part of the lung that is remaining and may even feel the abdomen for swelling or for the presence of any lumps. There maybe tests that might be conducted as a part of the follow up visit, such as:

  • A CT scan or PET scan
  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood chemistry tests

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