Lung Cancer Survivorship - Post-Treatment Surveillance

In this video, we review what patients can expect after successfully completing curative treatment for lung cancer.

Read the full video transcript below:

All patients with lung cancer require close follow-up after successfully completing treatment. 

Follow-up is needed whether you undergo surgery with lobectomy, focused radiation with stereotactic radiation, or wide-field radiation for locally advanced disease. 

Initially, follow-up is pretty close, usually every three to six months for at least two to three years. Followup typically entails physical exam and history by a physician, CAT scan of the chest, and counseling on smoking cessation.

Smoking cessation means “help quitting smoking”.

Patients who have new symptoms may require additional testing with either PET scan or MRI of the brain. This is not medical advice. 

Talk to your doctor before making any medical decisions.