After your treatment has finished, you’ll have regular check-ups with your doctor. They will examine you and ask you how you are feeling and if you have any new symptoms. You may also have other tests and scans, such as a CT scan, MRI scan or ultrasound. The follow-up appointments will continue for several years, but will become less frequent as time goes on.
If you have any problems or notice any new symptoms between your appointments, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Late side effects that you should tell your doctor about include:
- bleeding from the back passage (rectum), vagina or bladder – these are often a late side effect of radiotherapy
- difficulty passing bowel motions or wind (flatus)
- sexual problems
- irritated skin around the anus, groin, scrotum or vulva
- pain in the pelvis.
Your doctor may be able to help you with these problems.
We have more information about the possible late effects of pelvic radiotherapy.
Many people find that they get anxious before their follow-up appointments. This is natural and it may help to get support from family or friends. You can also call one of our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00.