Long-term follow up in childhood cancer

About 2-5 years after cancer treatment has finished, your child or young person will transfer into long-term follow-up care. This has more focus on long-term problems that may be the result of the disease or treatment. Remember, many young people do not develop any long-term problems.

You may have some questions about how to keep well and healthy and what to worry about or not to worry about after finishing your treatment for cancer. 

Some people who have had childhood cancer are more likely to have difficulties with thinking and learning than their peers. Long-term follow-up care can help identify if there are difficulties and what could help with these. 

Some childhood cancer treatments can affect your heart. If this happens, having your heart checked is important. 

Some young people who have had certain types of treatment are more likely to have problems with their teeth. It is important to see your dentist regularly - at least once a year. 

Some cancers and cancer treatments can cause infertility. Infertility happens when you stop producing sperm or when your sperm is too damaged. Not all cancers and cancer treatments cause infertility.

Some cancers and cancer treatments can affect your fertility. Talk to your healthcare team about your individual risk.

If you are pregnant and have had childhood cancer treatment, there are some special checks you need to have.