After treatment ends

Your questions about treatment ending

Sometimes I worry that my cancer will come back. Who can I talk to?

We know that lots of children worry about this, and it’s really important to let a grown-up know. You may hear that someone else’s cancer has come back and this can be really scary. But everyone’s cancer is different and your doctor or nurse will be able to listen to your worries and try to give you the answers you need.

I'm worried doing sports and activities will make my cancer come back. Should I be careful?

Lots of children tell us that they worry if they hurt themselves when playing or doing something outdoors that their cancer may come back. Playing outside or doing sports won’t make your cancer come back, even if you get hurt. As long as your doctor says it’s safe for you to do these things, then you can.

How can I explain to my friends why I still need to go to hospital when I don’t need medicine anymore?

First of all, it’s important that you understand why you have to come to follow-up clinic. That will make it easier to explain things to your friends. Maybe you could just say that the doctors and nurses need to keep an eye on you for a while to check that you stay healthy. They also want to make sure that you don’t have any problems caused by your treatment. 

Updated April 2018, next review due 2021.