Follow up & Recovery
As part of the uterine cancer treatment process, it is important for women who have had uterine cancer to have regular follow-up examinations after their treatment is over, in case there is a recurrence of uterine cancer. Follow-up care is a part of the overall treatment plan, and women with cancer should not hesitate to discuss it with the doctor. Regular follow-up care during recovery from uterine cancer ensures that any changes in health are discussed, and any recurrent cancer can be treated as soon as possible. Between follow-up appointments, women who have had uterine cancer should report any health problems as soon as they appear.
Checkups may include a physical exam, a pelvic exam, a chest x-ray, and laboratory tests.
Uterine Cancer Recovery and Outlook
People with cancer and their families are naturally concerned about their recovery from cancer. Sometimes people use statistics to try to figure out their chances of being cured. It is important to remember, however, that statistics are averages based on large numbers of patients. They cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient because no two patients are alike; uterine cancer treatment options and responses vary greatly. The patient's doctor is in the best position to discuss the issue of prognosis, or the probable outcome or course of the disease.
When doctors discuss a patient's prognosis, they may talk about surviving cancer rather than a cure. Although many patients with uterine cancer are actually cured, the disease can return. It is important to discuss the possibility of uterine cancer recurrence with the doctor.