Cancer survivors often find themselves facing many different challenges caused by cancer or its treatment. Patients transitioning out of active treatment have particular requirements that should be oriented to maintain or improve their overall health and wellness.  These include:

  • Screen for and manage loco-regional recurrences and metastatic spread, treatment induced second primary cancers, and sporadic new primary cancers
  • Identify and treat persistent and late-onset side effects of the cancer or its treatment
  • Encourage health promotion activities that can reduce cancer risk, and improve health and overall wellbeing

Physician Resources

Cancer Care Ontario Survivorship Evidence-Based Series which includes:

  • Follow-up Care for Survivors of Lymphoma who have Received Curative-Intent Treatment 
April 2016
  • Follow-up Care and Psychosocial Needs of Survivors of Prostate Cancer
 June 2015
  • Follow-up and Surveillance of Curatively Treated Lung Cancer Patients
 August 2014
  • Follow-up Care, Surveillance Protocol, and Secondary Prevention Measures for Survivors of Colorectal Cancer
 March 2016

Please also refer to the 'Follow-Up' section of the individual cancer sites listed under "Diagnosis and Management".

New provincial follow-up care clinical guidance summaries have been released for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers on the Cancer Care Ontario website.

These clinical guidance summaries are user-friendly informational tools for health professionals to support the delivery of evidence-based follow-up care to their patients. Each clinical guidance summary tool outlines the following standard aspects of follow-up care:

  • Surveillance tests and frequency, and in some cases, identify tests which are not recommended
  • Symptoms/signs of recurrence
  • Long-term/late effects to be monitored
  • Recommended frequency of assessment by a health professional

Patient Resources