What happens when the treatment ends?

Most of your side effects should go within a few weeks. Sometimes they might last for months and some side effects might last forever. Ask your cancer doctor which ones will go away, which ones will stay, and what you can do about them.

Some people feel worried or depressed when their treatment finally ends. Once the treatment ends you no longer see the hospital doctors as often, so it can seem like no-one is looking after you. But remember that you will continue to see your family doctor or go to the hospital for check-ups. Make sure you attend follow-up appointments. Blood tests, X-rays, and scans may be taken at these appointments. The cancer doctor will want to know if there are any problems now treatment is over. Do report any symptoms that are worrying you.

You might want to join a support group to help you through the months after the treatment ends, or you may want to continue to see a counsellor or social worker. Ask your cancer doctor, nurse, or the hospital social worker if you want to do any of these things.

As during your treatment, only do what you feel comfortable doing. You may be able to return to your normal life immediately, or build up to it a bit at a time, or you may be going on to another form of treatment and so need to take it easier for a bit longer. Continue to ask for help if you need it. It is always better to ask than to do too much. 

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