At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), we follow our prostate cancer patients for at least ten years after treatment. Our patients say that they find it reassuring to see the same doctors who treated them for their follow-up visits.
Typically, if you had radiation therapy or surgery, you will come for checkups every three to six months for the first two years after your treatment is completed.
Men who reach the two-year mark without having a recurrence of their disease will be seen less often. From that point, we usually ask you to come in every six to 12 months for a checkup until five years have passed.
Men who are treated for advanced prostate cancer will be followed more closely, with more frequent appointments.
Men who were treated at SCCA but do not live in the Seattle area may opt to receive their follow-up care with their local doctor. In these cases, we usually ask that these patients keep us up-to-date on their health status by phone or mail and have prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results sent to SCCA.