Blood cancer: after treatment
Finishing treatment can be a strangely difficult time. Although you may feel relieved or happy, you may also feel quite anxious or frustrated.
What happens next?
You will have follow-up appointments and possibly tests for some time after finishing treatment. This will vary depending on the type of blood cancer and the risk of relapse or long-term side effects. It’s very important to attend these appointments.
You should also know if there’s anything you need to watch out for after treatment. Ask your healthcare team about symptoms, long-term side effects and future health implications.
How it feels to finish treatment
Although you may feel relieved or happy to finish treatment, it can also be a difficult time. You may feel alone, anxious, or miss the reassurance of hospital visits. You may also find that people around you seem to expect everything to go back to normal, whereas you may only just be starting to process what you’ve been through.
As you adjust to life after blood cancer treatment, you may find the stories and tips in our Living well pages helpful.
You may feel quite alone when you finish treatment, but on our online community forum you can talk to others going through similar experiences.
If you’re struggling with emotions, scared about relapse, or finding it hard to ‘get back to normal’, call or email our Support Services Team. We will listen if you need to talk, and we can help you find ways to adjust to life after treatment.
Coping with check-ups
For many people, the time in the run-up to blood tests and check-ups can be difficult. Check-ups can stir up emotions from previous experiences and make you worry about the cancer coming back. It’s really important to attend your check-ups, so that any issues including the after effects of treatment can be picked up and dealt with.
Things that might help you cope:
- Take things one day at a time. Focus on just the next 24 hours
- Talk to family or friends about how you feel. They may help change your perspective
- Distract yourself. Keep busy with things you enjoy
- Look after yourself. The tips and tools in our Living well pages may be helpful.
Practical tips and real stories to help you with everyday life
Our research impact
Over 60 years, we've invested more than £500 million in blood cancer research which has led to a long line of breakthroughs that have improved treatments and saved lives. Read about our research impact on blood cancer.