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After treatment for appendix cancer ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. This plan may include regular physical examinations and/or medical tests to monitor your recovery for the coming months and years. People treated for appendix cancer will generally need to follow up with an oncologist, a surgeon, or an internal medicine specialist to monitor any symptoms of abdominal recurrence, such as pain, nausea, blood in the stool, severe bloating, and cramping. CT or MRI scans may be recommended as part of follow-up care.
ASCO offers cancer treatment summary forms to help keep track of the cancer treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.
People recovering from appendix cancer are encouraged to follow established guidelines for good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and having recommended cancer screening tests. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that is best for your needs. Moderate physical activity can help rebuild your strength and energy level. Your doctor can help you create an appropriate exercise plan based upon your needs, physical abilities, and fitness level. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship, including making positive lifestyle changes.
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