Comprehensive Cancer Centers urges patients to keep up with post-cancer checkups after successfully completely cancer treatment

For most patients, the idea of life after cancer may mostly involve wanting to never have to see the inside of a doctor’s office or clinic again. While understandable, the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers reminds patients who have successful completed treatment to be thorough in their follow-up regimen including post-cancer checkups.

A successful routine of follow-up appointments includes both regular visits to a patient’s general physician as well as visits to a medical oncologist. The purpose of these visits is to ensure each patient is in good health after treatment, including there are no re-occurrences of cancer or other health issues.

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the practice ensures a patient’s first follow-up visit is a smooth and comfortable experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure everyone makes the most of their post-cancer checkups:

Referring Physician Information: It is critical for your Comprehensive Cancer Centers oncologist to collaborate with your primary care and/or referring physician(s), so information can be shared seamlessly. Bring any authorizations and referrals with you, and provide contact information for your other doctors, especially if you’ve changed providers.

Medications: You may still be on medications, post-recovery, so it’s important for your medical oncologist to know about any of them. Bring a complete, up-to-date list of all medications being used. Many patients find it easier to bring the bottles and packages with them to appointments. This includes any additional medications you may have started for other health issues.

Insurance and I.D. Cards: Bring insurance cards and picture IDs to each visit. When scheduling your follow up appointments, you will need to provide your insurance information, including the company, the plan number, your policy number and the contact information for claims. We file insurance claims on your behalf, and help you with questions or concerns regarding payments.

Medical Records: Please arrange to have any new test results and reports provided. Some physicians and clinics will send them directly on your behalf. Others will give these records to you, so you can bring them to your follow-up visit.

Questions and Concerns: You may find it helpful to bring a written list of questions on your first visit to review with your physician as you begin or continue your post-treatment life. We will give whatever time is necessary to answer questions and consult on your condition and treatment plan.

We also encourage those who’ve completed treatment to be mindful of their personal health. A big part of this is being thoughtful about how you feel. While your treatment is done, you should not feel invincible and ignore any health issues that present. This can include pain and discomfort, or general tiredness. If you see (or feel) something, say something.

We also know that it may be tempting to celebrate your success, but be sure to keep everything in moderation as best you can. This includes consumption of alcohol and unhealthy food. Good, post-treatment living also includes physical activity. During follow up visits with your primary care provider, find out which activities are right for you, and how you can scale them up as you feel better.

The team at Comprehensive encourages you to enjoy your success, and we are always available to help, should you have any questions.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

You may schedule your appointments by calling the Comprehensive Cancer Centers treatment center where you were previously treated, or by calling 702-952-3350. If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to appropriately cancel your appointment may result in an office visit charge.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.