After your treatment is completed, you′ll have regular check-ups at the hospital.
These check-ups will probably continue for several years. Many people find that for a while they get very anxious before their appointments. This is natural. It may help to get support from family or friends during this time.
If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms between check-ups, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
After treatment, youâ€™ll probably be relieved that itâ€™s over. But you may still be coping with some treatment side effects and with some difficult feelings. Youâ€™ll probably be very tired. Recovery takes time, so try not to be too hard on yourself.
There are some things you can do to improve your well-being. You might choose to make some positive lifestyle changes to make the most of your health.
If youâ€™re a smoker, giving up is one of the healthiest decisions you can make. Smoking increases the risk of smoking-related cancers and heart disease.
If youâ€™ve had surgery, it will take time to adjust to changes in the way you now eat.
Try to eat healthily. This will give you more energy and help your recovery. Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables â€“ aim for five portions a day. Cut down on red, smoked and processed meats (such as bacon and sausages), and eat more chicken and fish.
If you drink, stick to sensible amounts. Itâ€™s recommended that men drink no more than three units a day or 21 units a week. Women should drink no more than two units a day or 14 units a week. One unit is half a pint of ordinary strength beer, lager or cider, one small glass (125ml) of wine, or a single measure (25ml) of spirits.
Being active helps to build up your energy levels. It also helps to reduce stress and the risk of other health conditions.
When treatment finishes, some people find it helps to talk about it and share their thoughts, feelings and advice with other people.