When cancer is in partial or complete remission, an important aspect of you or a loved ones ongoing care is monitoring for a cancer recurrence. Each recurrent cancer case is different, but cancer can return in either the original site or in another location in the body as a result of metastasis. Here are a few steps you can take to improve your chances of an early detection of recurrent cancer:
Monitor your health. Know that your full health history is an important factor understanding your chances for recurrent cancer. Communicate with your doctor regularly and know what symptoms to be aware of.
Educate yourself on treatment options if cancer comes back. Know what approaches may be available to you should you or a loved one experience recurrent cancer. Treatment options can vary when cancer returns, based on the current health of a patient, previous radiation exposure and the stage of cancer. Considering these options will reduce stress and help you to make a decision quickly in the case that your cancer comes back.
Understand cancer recurrence can be unpredictable. While it is important to eat healthy and exercise, there is little that can be done to prevent a cancer from coming back. Instead, it is more important to watch for signs of cancer to potentially diagnose a recurrence as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has any questions about a recurrent cancer diagnosis, you can speak with our nurse navigator by calling our center at (847) 723-0100.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.