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Cervical Cancer

  • Updated: 03/29/2012

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Follow-up Care

You’ll need regular checkups (such as every 3 to 6 months) after treatment for cervical cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. If you have any health problems between checkups, contact your doctor.

Cervical cancer may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for the return of cancer. Checkups may include a physical exam, Pap test, and chest x-ray.

You may find it helpful to read the NCI booklet Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment. You may also want to read the NCI fact sheet Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment.

You may want to ask your doctor these questions after you have finished treatment:

  • How often will I need checkups?
  • How often will I need a Pap test?
  • What other follow-up tests do you suggest for me? 
  • Between checkups, what health problems or symptoms should I tell you about?

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