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Cancer of the Uterus

  • Posted: 10/25/2010

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Follow-up Care

You’ll need regular checkups (such as every 3 to 6 months) after treatment for uterine cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed.

You should contact your doctor if you have any of the following health problems between checkups:

  • Bleeding from your vagina, bladder, or rectum
  • Bloated abdomen or swollen legs
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvis
  • Shortness of breath or cough
  • Loss of appetite or weight for no known reason

Uterine cancer may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for return of cancer. Checkups may include a pelvic exam, lab tests (such as for CA-125), a chest x-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI.

NCI has publications to help answer questions about follow-up care and other concerns. 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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