After treatment for an endocrine tumor ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. Although there are no specific guidelines on follow-up care for an endocrine tumor, this plan may include regular physical examinations, blood tests, and/or a CT scan about three months after surgery. Follow-up care thereafter should include a physical examination and blood tests approximately every six to 12 months, with additional imaging studies (such as x-rays) to be performed on an as-needed basis. It is important to talk with your doctor about any new symptoms you experience.
ASCO offers treatment summary forms to help keep track of the treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.
People recovering from the successful treatment of an endocrine tumor 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 you 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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