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Follow up after radiotherapy

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This page tells you about follow up after radiotherapy treatment. When your treatment ends your treatment team will give you advice and information about your recovery. They 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.

You may have regular follow up appointments at the radiotherapy department or at your original hospital. There you may 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 don'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.

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

If you have any problems or worries in between your appointments or calls, contact the radiotherapy department or your cancer specialist. 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.

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Updated: 4 January 2013