Now that your cancer treatment is done, you’re ready to get back to normal life. However, many cancer survivors find that life after cancer is a “new” normal. Physical and emotional changes brought on by cancer or its treatment can linger for years or a lifetime. As a survivor, regular follow-up care is important. Your care plan should include frequent visits to a primary care doctor, appropriate cancer screenings and healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and proper nutrition.
MD Anderson has tools to help you and your doctor create a follow-up care plan to suit your needs.
See our list of recommended cancer screening exams and ask your doctor which ones are right for you.
MD Anderson’s cancer survivorship algorithms help your primary doctor follow best practices in post-treatment care of cancer survivors.
Find the cancer survivorship algorithm that best describes your cancer and share it with your doctor.
MD Anderson Survivorship Clinics
Our survivorship clinics will help you develop a follow-up care plan to make sure you’re getting the most out of life after cancer. Each clinic has specialists that focus on a specific cancer type, providing care based on guidelines designed for survivors just like you.
Your survivorship treatment plan will include:
- Regular physical exams with an overview of your recent medical history
- Monitoring for early detection of new or returning cancers
- Management of cancer and treatment-related side effects
- Lifestyle coaching and tips to help reduce cancer risk
- Referrals to community resources and support groups
It is still important to see your primary care doctor and to let them know about your follow-up care plan. For regular (non-cancer) check-ups, we will communicate with your primary doctor, but it is up to you to follow up regularly with them.
To make an appointment in our cancer survivorship clinics, speak to your MD Anderson doctor or health care team. They can refer you to the appropriate survivorship clinic.