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Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Posted: 04/04/2013

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Follow-Up Care

You'll need regular checkups (such as every 3 to 6 months) after treatment for cancer of the esophagus. 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.

Cancer of the esophagus may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for the return of cancer. It may return in the chest or it may return in another part of the body, such as the liver.

Checkups also help detect health problems that can result from cancer treatment.

Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, chest x-rays, CT scans, endoscopy, or other tests.

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.

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