Many long-term and late effects of treatment can be managed. Work closely with your doctor and follow these tips to help keep long-term and late effects at bay:
- Keep a record of any physical or emotional symptoms you experience and discuss them with your treatment team.
- Keep all medical records, including dates and locations of cancer treatment, drugs and supportive therapies (such as blood transfusions) and doses and specific sites and amounts of radiation therapy. Keep copies of blood, marrow and imaging test results (MRIs, CT scans, x-rays).
- Follow a health plan that includes regular exercise, using sun protection and eating healthy foods. Don't smoke or use tobacco products. If you smoke, ask your healthcare professionals to help you quit.
- Keep your medical follow-up appointments.
- Stay informed. Ask your treatment team for the latest information on long-term and late effects of cancer treatment. Or, contact an Information Specialist.
Researchers are working to improve their understanding of long-term and late effects and create guidelines for follow-up care. If you'd like to contribute to this important research, you can take part in a clinical trial that collects data on long-term and late effects.