Follow-up Care After Treatment for Thoracic Cancer

This information explains follow-up care after treatment for thoracic cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK).

One or 2 years after your treatment ends, you may join the Thoracic Cancer Survivorship Program. This program is designed for people who have completed treatment for thoracic cancer.

Survivorship Nurse Practitioner

Once you begin our Survivorship Program, you will see a survivorship nurse practitioner (NP) for your care. A survivorship NP is a member of your thoracic cancer team that specializes in caring for people after they’ve finished their treatment. Your survivorship NP will help you manage your life after cancer treatment, including the physical and emotional effects of cancer and late effects of treatment. They will also look out for signs of cancer recurrence (cancer coming back) or the development of a second cancer.

Your survivorship NP will give you and your primary care doctor a treatment summary and survivorship care plan. If needed, they will discuss your care with your doctor.

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What to Expect During Your Survivorship Clinic Visit

During your survivorship visit, your NP will:

  • Give you a physical exam.
  • Talk with you about your medical history.
  • Address any side effects of treatment.
  • Order tests, such as x-rays, scans, and blood tests, and review the results.
  • Provide counseling about living a healthy lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, and quitting smoking.
  • Recommend screening tests for other cancers.
  • Give you a referral to another healthcare provider, if needed.
  • Prescribe medication, if needed.

After each follow-up visit, your survivorship NP will give your doctor an update about your health.

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