What is ‘watch and wait’ for blood cancer?

What is ‘watch and wait’ for blood cancer?


If you have a slow-growing type of blood cancer instead of starting treatment straight away, you and your doctor may agree to watch and wait. This means you’ll have regular checkups and blood tests so doctors can monitor you. Being on watch and wait doesn’t mean you can’t be treated. It’s offered when your doctor believes there’s no added benefit to starting treatment straight away. You’ll only start treatment if and when you need it and some people never do. The length of time between your check-ups could be anything from once every few weeks to once a year. In the meantime it’s important to tell your doctor if your symptoms worsen or you develop new ones. Everyone is different, but you may need to look out for new painless swellings or growing lumps unexplained tiredness unexpected weight loss or frequent infections. More than 40 years of research has shown that watch and wait is safe if you have no troublesome symptoms However it’s not unusual to feel anxious or uncertain between your appointments So if you have any questions or just need someone to talk to, we’re here to help. Our free Support Line is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm