Normally, patients see their surgeon a couple of weeks after their operation. They'll examine you and check your scar to make sure you are recovering well.

Before your appointment it may be useful to make a list of questions you would like to ask.

During the appointment your surgeon will explain the results of the operation. You may be given information on the stage of the cancer and they will explain if you need further treatment. This is not abnormal. Additional treatment might include chemotherapy or radiotherapy, hormone therapy, or sometimes more surgery. They may also give you advice about any physical activities you should be careful with.

Follow-up appointments are normally every few months. Your doctor or nurse may perform some simple tests such as a blood test. This is a good opportunity to talk to your doctor or nurse about any concerns you may have.

If you develop new symptoms between follow-up appointments, contact your doctor or nurse.