Paediatric end of cancer treatment follow up information
This page is for young people and the parents/carers of children who have finished active cancer treatment but who require follow up care and surveillance imaging. The information will advise you about what to expect from your Haematology/Oncology team. Most people expect to feel relieved and happy that treatment is over and look forward to the family getting back to normal. It is not unusual however for young people and the parents/carers of children, to experience feelings of uncertainty and worry, to feel physically and mentally drained and emotionally low at this time.
End of treatment
When a patient has finished active treatment, the Haematology/Oncology team will provide:
- An end of treatment summary which outlines all the different treatments received including the name of any chemotherapy drugs used, surgical procedures carried out and radiotherapy received.
- A plan from either a consultant at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children or Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, outlining:
- How often, and where follow-up appointments will be,
- what blood tests, urine specimens (samples), X-rays or scans may be needed and how often these will be performed,
- possible late side effects of treatment and what tests are needed to monitor these.
You will be contacted by the relevant departments, by phone or letter, to inform you of appointments for investigations such as X-rays and scans.
Once you (or your child) have had your investigation(s) carried out, please can you let us know by sending an email to the Paediatric Oncology team or by telephoning the Paediatric Oncology secretary. We will then chase the result(s) of the investigation(s). The contact details for the Paediatric Oncology team at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are at the end of this page.
Results for routine scans take about 5 to 7days and 2 to 3 weeks for X-rays and other surveillance tests, such as urine tests for catecholamines. You will be contacted once the report is available.
If you (or your child) are receiving follow up care locally, this will be at the Paediatric Outpatient Clinic, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. If you have any queries or concerns about appointments please do not hesitate to contact the Paediatric Haematology/Oncology secretary.
Paediatric Oncology Team
Paediatric Oncology/Haematology Secretary
Tel: 0300 422 8491