Even after active skin cancer therapy, the patient must monitor his or her health on a frequent basis. They must be followed for any signs or symptoms of recurrent cancer, as well as manage the treatment's adverse effects and their overall health. The following is the skin cancer follow-up care:
- Creating a follow-up care plan: As part of the follow-up care plan, patients are recommended to create a food plan, schedule future doctor appointments, and keep a list of medical and physical assessments. This not only allows patients to resume their normal lives, but it also reduces the chance of side effects and recurrence of cancer.
It's common advice to schedule appointments every three to six months for the first five years, and then once a year after that.
- Blood transfusions: These may be required in the event of a low blood cell count, which is why it is recommended that the patient's blood count be checked on a frequent basis. Blood transfusions may be required for individuals who have a low blood cell count.
- Keeping personal health records: Patients are urged to keep a complete record of their medical history, which includes the previous therapies that the patient has received for skin cancer treatment in the past, as well as his or her allergy reactions, for future diagnosis or treatment.
- Knowledge of risk factors: People should be aware of the causes and risk factors of skin cancer at all times so that they can take preventative actions to avoid developing skin cancer.
- Checking for cancer recurrence: To check for any symptoms of recurrent skin cancer, rigorous surveillance is essential. If symptoms appear, the next cycle of treatment must be initiated.
- Consuming a healthy diet as planned by a nutritionist : Patients must be very careful with what they eat by assessing their digestive tract acceptance, as recommended by a nutritionist. Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, are recommended. Foods high in calcium and vitamin D should be eaten.
Consumption of saturated fats and alcohol should be avoided. The person's diet after treatment has a big impact on how smoothly they can go about their everyday routines. As a result, speaking with a qualified nutritionist could be beneficial.
- Managing side effects : Skin cancer treatments come with a slew of unpleasant side effects that can be uncomfortable to deal with. As a result, patients are advised to consult a doctor as soon as they notice side effects and have them addressed in order to live a happy and long life.
The patient's after-care plan is also included in the follow-up plan:
- Sunscreens containing an SPF of 30 or higher should be used.
- Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection should be used to avoid sunburns.
- Tan beds or tanning booths are not suggested.
- When going out in the sun, wear covered clothing to avoid direct contact with the sun.
- Dermatologist visits on a regular basis
- Spicy foods should be avoided.
- Stop smoking and stay away from alcohol.
- Consume vitamin D-rich foods.
- Keep your skin and yourself hydrated.
- Take dietary supplements.
- To avoid becoming weak, take anti-sickness medication.
- Any negative responses should be discussed with a doctor.
- Maintaining proper personal hygiene is essential.