Can cancer come back?

Yes. Although thanks to advances in early detection and treatments many people with cancer are cured, doctors can’t guarantee that cancer won’t come back. Sometimes undetected cancer cells remain in the body after treatment. When cancer returns it’s called a recurrence. Doctors schedule follow-up visits with patients to monitor for recurrence. Follow-up appointments may include a physical exam and lab tests, x-rays, and other tests. If the cancer has returned, you and your doctor will decide on new treatment goals and a new treatment plan.