Follow-up care after treatment for ovarian cancer is vital. This is because, in most women, there is an increased chance of recurrence within 2 years of treatment. Most patients go in for regular checkups once in three months. These checkups generally include a physical examination, a pelvic examination and a Pap smear test.
Additionally, the physician may also perform tests such as a chest x-ray, CT scan, urine analysis, complete blood count, and CA-125 assay. In the case of some women, ovarian cancer may increase the chances of them developing other cancers such as colon or breast cancer. Treatment with certain anticancer drugs may increase the risk of secondary cancers such as leukemia and hence tests for these cancers are necessary.