• If you are done with treatments, what does your return "checkup" visit to your doctor consist of? What if any tests/scans/blood work/xrays

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, September 11, 2015

    If you are done with treatments, what does your return "checkup" visit to your doctor consist of? What if any tests/scans/blood work/xrays

    do they do each time you return, for your type of cancer? I know each cancer type will have it's own set of protocol for following. What do they do for you?

    21 Answers from the Community

    21 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Wow - this is timely. I will having a blood work up done in 10 days - to check on my liver function, markers,CBC, etc. then on Oct 1 I'm scheduled for an MRI w/contrast of my abdomen and a chest CT - previous scans included a bone scan and the MRI covered my pelvis as well. When I see my Dr on Oct 9 she will review the test and scan results with me in depth and do a breast exam. We will then schedule my next set of scans and visit. I'm not sure if it will be 6 or 12 month. My breast oncologist is my primary Oncologist so I only visit my Kidney Oncologist if there is a question only he can answer. last year we were wondering if we should remove the quiescent kidney cancer lesions from my liver via laser surgery. The Kidney oncologist decided that since they had not changed in 3 years, there was no need to anything. He also decided I should have a full blood work up including markers in 3 months rather then before my scans in 6 months.

      In Nov I will have my yearly bi-lateral Mammography and see my surgeon right afterwards -results in hand. She will perform a sonogram on my breast and give be a breast exam too. I will then schedule next year Mammography and visit.

      I had Mohs surgery for basal cell carcinoma 2 weeks ago. I had a follow up visit last week, all was healing well and don't need to see him again. My regular Derm will be seeing me every 3 months for a skin cancer check for a year I already see him bi-annually and cancer checks because of my age and medical history.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      I had my 3-month checkup with my medical oncologist about a month ago. Got vitals taken, then a CBC and CMP done, plus markers, followed by consultation where I told him how my various side effects were doing and got some questions answered. He manually checked the lymph nodes at my neck. I next see him in November for "CBC, CMP, Extra Red Top."

      In July I had a 6-month checkup with my radiation oncologist, which consisted of a physical exam and consultation; it was also after my first follow-up mammogram 6 months after the end of treatment. I next see him in January. Don't need a mammogram for another year.

      In January I had a 6-month checkup with my surgeon (physical exam and consultation) and have gone to a one-year follow-up. I'll see him this coming January.

      Had a bone density scan in May, two years after baseline (which had occurred prior to dx). I'm not sure if the osteopenia finding means another scan in one year rather than two, and will check with my oncologist when that time rolls around.

      Post-active treatment I also had a MUGA scan and a PET scan.

      almost 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I have been in remission 5 years with non Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have JUST gone to having visits every 6 months. I had so many issues that kept me going for rechecks every 3 months. They do blood work, and check for nodes. I had scans every 6 months, but have not had one in over a year now.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I had 2 primary cancers. For the uterine cancer, I go to rad onc once a year for pelvic exam, then they'll order blood work. I also go once a year to gyn onc and have pelvic exam and bloodwork. Then, I go once a year to endo for thyroid cancer. He does bloodwork and feels my neck for nodules. He also provides my prescription for Synthroid.

      almost 5 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar

      For uterlne cancer ca-125 every 3 months. If elevated than a ct scan. Since my 6 month ca-125 showed an astronomical jump also had a pelvic exam like at the 3 month. Ct scan this Wednesday. :(

      almost 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Diagnosed ovarian cancer IIIC two years ago. Since ending chemo eighteen months ago, have seen my gyn/onc every three months. I have blood work including electrolytes and Ca 125 every three months and have had two pelvic exams. No scans.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      My PCP does a general physical for all her cancer patients this includes blood work. My gyn onc does a pelvic and pap smear once a year . My onc does a visit with blood work twice a year and scans once a year he shares the scans with the gyn onc because the cancers occurred in the same spot, I also have to have an endoscopy to stretch the esophagus about every two years.

      almost 5 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      At first I had blood work done every 3 months and a CT every 2 years after my diagnosis and surgery 7 years ago. But when I hit the 5 year mark, I have my CA 125, CA 19-9, and CEA checked every 6 months along with exams and Dr. Bradford said he is going to continue to do CT's every 2-3 years unless there is a problem and then he'll order it sooner. He also had me get a colonoscopy at the 5 year mark and he had my thyroid checked which was good because he found a problem with that and now I have to take meds for an underactive thyroid.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Janetspringer's Avatar

      I finished treatments for uterine cancer Nov 2013 and had surgery Jan 2014. After that I had ct and pelvic exam every three months until March of this year. I was diagnosed with brain cancer at the end of January 2014 and had surgery and radiation. I received sporadic MRIs and follow-up appointments until June of this year. I have had steady progression of the brain tumor since October. My radiation oncologist never explained what could be going on so another oncologist referred me to MD Anderson. I have been to the neurosurgeon twice and have actually received MRI. I also saw a neuro-oncologist yesterday. She has ordered more scans. She was so shocked at the lack of follow-up, she is also getting me into an oncologist who specializes in uterine cancer.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar

      I see my Oncologist every 3 months. He does blood work and examines me. He orders an U/S every year even though I've had a double mastectomy. I see my plastic surgeon once a year because I have silicone implants and I see my gynecologist once a year.

      almost 5 years ago
    • zcaveman's Avatar

      I am three years out from treatments for throat and lymph node cancer. I have semi-annual visits to the oncologist where they draw blood and I get an annual CT scan.

      I also have semi-annual visits to my ENT doctor where she scopes my throat.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I will be a 3 year survivor of breast cancer. My doctors are now on yearly visits, and I just have a mammogram before I go, and then the clinical exams, a blood test, and that's about it. Cross your fingers and get it done.

      almost 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I see 3 doctors at 3 different clinics, sometimes 4. The HMO is trying to get me switched over to the hemotology oncologist that mostly does chemo, but I won't do it. I'm in flux now- I see my dermatologist once a year now, as he says that my skin isn't cancerous-that the cancer is from fishing refraction of UV rays from the water and the darn floppy hat to protect my face from the sun.
      I see Dr. Garg every 6 months, and I think they are starting me on a once a year scan. I can do without the scan, but I refuse to do without him checking my bones on my face and checking my neck. The bone formation and texture will change if this comes back. For a scan with contrast, he orders a Bun and Creatine, which measures kidney and liver functions.

      Then the hemotoglogist orders a CBC-anemia, glucose, white blood cell, red blood cell, proportion of red to white, protein and clotting. Then he orders Vitamin B6 and 12, Vitamin D and C, potassium, sodium, chloride, oxygen levels, TSH. They don't do the Hep, as I've had 3 of the 4 the heps and I'm immune now to those 3. Feb I was asked how sick I was was from the heps, and I honestly didn't know that I was supposed to be sick and that I had anything. So he doesn't test for those heps. He said that I must be from a family that neglected me, and I told him that my father was an Army medic Sgt that was an anesthesiast, assited in autopsies, and was like the head nurse for the unit. One hep I got sometime in the last 5 years. I told him that I didn't miss work, me and my eyes weren't yellow, etc. Anyway my labs are in the middle of range-D is a tad low but in range. Cholestral and glucose are in range-bit high, but I don't fast, so they are far lower than what the lab is showing. He looks at my skin, and is more critical than the dermatologist.

      The last visit, we talked about how the Japanese diet causes stomach cancer, and how Japanese treatment is more succcessful than American treatment. He didn't realize that the post-WW II diet was overly rich in nitrates. Stomach cancer rates are going down, because they are eating more beef, but they still ferment so much of their food like tofu and add nitrates for preservatives. One of the differences between Japanese cancer care is that the Japanese dope cancer patients out of their minds for pain and nausea. They feel if the patient's mind is quiet, the body can heal. Addiction can and is treated later. I can see where the confluence of Buddhism, Shintoism, and Confucios creates this type of medical care. I think that Christianity sucks when it comes to medical care. Suffering is from God, so endure it. Well, God also made the poppy and the cocaine leaf. For most Japanese, helping others to avoid suffering and pain creates a better life for them when they are reincarnated. Basic subconscious influences.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Twiddle's Avatar

      I Had breast cancer,Had a CT scan and blood work done afer i finish my treatments The CT Scan came back good ,not sure what is next for me,No set appointments to see onclogist any more and also had a Mammography on my other breast.Will have that in another years time.I am in Canada so not sure if this is the normal thing or not.It was a year in May pass ,t hat i finish my treatments.I hope they are checking me right because i nver got to finish all my treatments.i was suppose to have 18 treatments of Herception but only got 4.Stop them because of heart issues

      almost 5 years ago
    • BILLY22's Avatar

      I had esophageal cancer (T3N1M0) in remission for 13 years thanks to the Lord.
      In early 2003 I had chemo,radation and an MIE.
      I see my oncologist for blood work and exam every 6 months.
      I see my surgeon 1 time a year and he orders a pet/cat scan.
      A survivor Billy22

      almost 5 years ago
    • maewia7's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in June of 2014. After surgery and finishing radiation treatments, I had a follow-up every 3 months with an ultrasound, pelvic, pap smear, and CA-125. I had a PET scan at one year. Since it was clear, I now have check-ups every 4 months. I think it will go to every 6 months if still clear at the 2 year mark.

      almost 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      Stage IV fallopian tube cancer. In remission (or whatever we're going to call it) since January 2014. Finished maintenance chemo on Dec. 23, 2014. In California under Kaiser, checkups included blood work (CA 125 levels), PET scan and physical exam. Here in Washington state with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, checkups include blood work (CA 125 and HE4 levels) and a physical exam. I'm a little apprehensive not to to be getting scanned but I have to trust my team.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Rthompson's Avatar

      I finished treatment nearly 5 yrs ago, yet I remain on a pretty strict check-up routine every 2-3 months. Primarily, because of my high risk of recurrence. Basically my check-ups consist of a regular "physical" examination. Because it was Cervical Cancer, you women will know exactly what I mean. ;) Yeah, so those who believe that getting one a yr is bad...try getting 4-6. Wooohooo, loads of fun. lol It is not at bad as it once was, though. In the beginning, I was getting one every month, so I look at the 4-6 as a blessing when compared to 12 a yr. In addition to those exams, I regularly have my blood drawn to keep close eye on my kidney function to make sure the right one is continuing to function. Sadly, last draw on Thursday indicated that it may be starting to head in the wrong direction with my creatnine at the max level for "normal" Not ready to deal with that issue. Finally, every 6 months or so I go to have a CT done to check for recurrence and to get better image of the right kidney. If the nephrosis looks bad, I will then have a complete kidney function test done. Other than that, I keep regular examinations with my individual doctors, urologist, nephrologist, gastroenterologist and endocrinologist. These are pretty much just regular bi-annual check-ups to make sure everything is remaining stable. So..yeah, it would be nice to not have to be reminded of this dang disease at every turn, but there is one thing that is for certain... with so many check-ups in so little time, there is not likely to be anything that is ever going to go "missed" again. Not to mention...there is a lot less to go wrong anyway. lol

      almost 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      Mine was fallopian tube cancer, but advanced so I also get the feet-in-the-stirrups checkup every 3 months. Fun stuff but still way better than chemo.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Patriciaa1963's Avatar

      I was stage IV ovarian cancer. I go every 3 months for blood work (CA 125) & exam. My 3 month follow ups started in August 2014. I had been getting a pelvic exam with Pap at every visit. This last 1 in August 2015, they didn't do the Pap. I think they only plan on doing CT or PET scans if my CA 125 starts rising. For the last year it has been between 9-11. I consider myself very fortunate to be where I am.

      almost 5 years ago
    • DeniseD's Avatar

      My last treatment is scheduled for January, followed by scan following month. I am totally ready for a break and vacation. Had treatment yesterday and am still awake from the steroids.

      almost 5 years ago

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