Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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Islet Cell Tumor

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 4/2013
After Treatment

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about your medical care after treatment for an islet cell tumor is finished and why this follow-up care is important. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

After treatment for an islet cell tumor 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.

ASCO offers treatment summary forms to help keep track of the treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.

While there are no established guidelines for follow-up care after treatment of an islet cell tumor, people who have had surgery should be seen by their doctor three months after their operation for a physical examination, blood tests, and a CT scan. After that, follow-up care should include a physical examination and blood tests about every six to 12 months, with additional imaging tests (such as x-rays) on an as-needed basis.

People recovering from an islet cell 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 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.

To continue reading this guide, choose “Next” (below, right) for a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor. Or, use the colored boxes located on the right side of your screen to visit any section.

Last Updated: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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