What tests should I expect my doctor/gynaecologist to perform in order to detect any recurrence during the 5 year follow up and beyond, after an initial diagnosis for stage 1a ovarian cancer treated by surgery alone?
Your follow-up will depend on your treatment centre and you should ask your treating team what follow-up you can expect as this varies across the country.
Some centres have patient initiated follow-up where they will rely on you contacting them if you have any problems or new symptoms whilst others may see you routinely in an out-patient setting. It is not common practice to perform routine blood tests (such as CA125) or imaging in follow-up as this has not shown beneficial in asymptomatic patients.
Symptoms you should be aware of include bloating, discomfort, indigestion, altered bowel habits, frequency in passing urine - these will be new & persistent. Remember though they do not automatically mean you have something to worry about just worth checking out with your treating team.