Do I need monitoring after my treatment?
Cancer is not a traditional disease in the sense that it just “goes away” after treatment. It is a defect in your genetic component, you blueprint, and although we can eliminate all trace of it by modern medicine, there is always a risk that it can show itself once more. Therefore, lack of a long-term monitoring after consolidation therapy is a fatal mistake. The current recommended regimen of follow-up indicated a complete blood count every 1-3 months after completion of the consolidation therapy for 2 years, followed by a complete blood count every 3-6 months for another 5 years. A bone marrow aspirate will be needed if any of these tests show an abnormality consistent with a relapse of the disease.