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Follow up after radiotherapy

When your radiotherapy treatment ends your treatment team will give you advice and information about your recovery.

The treatment team will tell you how to look after the radiotherapy area and about how to cope with any possible side effects.

They will also give you a number to call in case you have questions or worries.

Hospital appointments

You might have regular follow up appointments at the radiotherapy department or at your original hospital. There you might see your radiotherapy doctor (clinical oncologist) specialist nurse, or radiographer.

How often you go varies from one hospital to another. But as you recover from the treatment you won't need to go so often. 

Your radiotherapy treatment team will be in touch with your GP and will tell them about your progress. Follow up appointments give you the chance to discuss any problems or worries which may have come up.

It can help to make a list of points to discuss before you go so you don't forget anything important.

Phone appointments

Instead of appointments at the hospital a member of the treatment team, such as a specialist nurse or your radiographer, might contact you by phone.

Contact the radiotherapy department or your cancer specialist if you have any problems or worries in between your appointments or calls. You don't have to wait until your next scheduled appointment.

Let a member of your radiotherapy treatment team know as soon as possible if you think you have any long term side effects from the treatment. Your doctor or specialist nurse can then help you to cope with them.

Last reviewed: 
22 Mar 2016
  • Radiotherapy Services in England 2012. 
    Department of Health.
    November 2012.

  • Radiotherapy: developing a world class service for England. 
    Report to Ministers from National Radiotherapy Advisory Group, 2007

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