Follow-up care for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia refers to the after-treatment protocols conducted by the healthcare team to look after recurrence, manage the side effects, and monitor the overall health of the patient. The follow-up care will include routine physical examinations, various medical tests (blood tests, urine tests), and scans to monitor the overall health status. Cancer rehabilitation can mean any of a wide range of services, such as physical therapy, career counseling, pain management, nutritional planning, and emotional counseling. Follow-up tests are to determine to check for any recurrence. Most people encounter different side effects while receiving treatment. However, in some patients, side effects linger beyond the treatment duration. These are the long-term side effects. Keeping a personal health record helps the doctor determine the patient’s exact case history during the follow-up care.
Follow-up Care for Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Care for a cancer patient does not end with the end of active treatment. Even after that, the health care team looks after the cancer recurrence, managing the side effects developed due to the treatment and monitoring your overall health. This is called follow-up care.
Your follow-up care includes medical tests, physical examination, or both 1. Doctors usually keep track of your recovery in the months and even years. Cancer rehabilitation is usually recommended, and this could mean any of a wide range of services, such as physical therapy, career counseling, pain management, nutritional planning, and emotional counseling.
Watching for recurrence
One of the things to take care of after cancer treatment is recurrence 2. Cancer recurrence happens when a few cancerous cells remain even after treatment; they again grow until they show up any signs or symptoms or are seen in test reports.
Scan-xiety is often used to describe the stress of the patient or the family before the follow-up tests. Most people encounter different side effects while receiving treatment. But in some patients, side effects linger beyond the treatment duration. These are the long-term side effects. Late side effects can develop after months or even after years of treatment.
Keeping personal health records
Along with your doctor, you should develop a personalized follow-up care plan. Some patients, after the treatment, continue to see their oncologist, while others go back to the care of their family/primary care doctor. This usually depends on various factors, including the type and stage of cancer, side effects, health insurance rules, personal preferences, beliefs and expectations.
- 1.Chessells JM, Veys P, Kempski H, et al. Long-term follow-up of relapsed childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. British Journal of Haematology. Published online October 20, 2003:396-405. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2141.2003.04584.x
- 2.Pui CH, Evans WE. A 50-Year Journey to Cure Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Seminars in Hematology. Published online July 2013:185-196. doi:10.1053/j.seminhematol.2013.06.007