In addition to side effects from treatment, there can be long-term effects associated with the kidney cancer itself, as well as psychosocial effects. It is key for individuals to also focus on their relationships, body, finance, mind and soul.
It is common for patients to feel stress, anxiety or depression; however, support is available through support groups, advocacy groups and more.
Similarly, staying healthy is key through balanced diet and exercise.
If a patient has completed treatment, follow-up care is important in assessing long-term effects or to look for kidney cancer recurring. Patients can ask their physicians about a survivorship care plan, which could include a suggested schedule for follow-up exams and tests;a list of possible long-term side effects; suggestions for improving health to address side effects or to lower chances of the kidney cancer coming back; and appointment reminders to visit primary care providers after a patient no longer sees their oncology team.