Even if you have finished treatment your doctors will still want to watch you closely. It’s very important to go to all of your follow-up visits. During these visits, your doctors will ask questions about any problems you are having and may do exams and lab tests or scans to look for signs of cancer or treatment side effects. This is a good time for you to ask any questions and discuss any concerns might have.
Your doctor should give you a follow-up plan. This plan usually includes regular doctor visits and PSA blood tests, with digital rectal exams if your prostate hasn’t been removed. This will likely begin within a few months after you finish treatment.
Almost any cancer treatment can have side effects. Some might last for a few weeks or months, but others might last the rest of your life. Tell your cancer care team about any symptoms or side effects that bother you so they can help you manage them.
Prostate cancer can come back (recur) even many years after treatment. This is why it’s important to keep regular doctor visits and report any new symptoms, such as bone pain or problems with urination. Should your prostate cancer come back, your treatment options will depend on where it is thought to be located and what types of treatment you’ve already had.
It’s also very important to keep your health insurance. While you hope the cancer won’t come back, it could happen. If it does, you don’t want to have to worry about paying for treatment.