Finishing cancer treatment is an exciting time for patients and their families, and for most people their cancer will never come back.
However, there is a chance your cancer can return after your treatment has finished, which is known as cancer recurrence. Cancer may return near the area of your original cancer, called a local recurrence, or in another part of your body, called a metastasis. The cancer that returns is made up of the same type of cells as your original cancer and can occur months or even many years after your treatment.
Sometimes, people can get a new cancer that is different from the cancer they have had previously. This is a new cancer and is different from cancer recurrence.