After your radiotherapy has finished, your oncologist will let you know how you will be followed up. It will depend on your type of cancer, the type of radiotherapy you’ve had and how you responded to treatment.
Not everyone will need follow-up appointments after radiotherapy treatment. If you don’t need a follow-up, you will be given advice about problems you should look out for and the details of someone to contact, if you need to.
Some people are given regular follow-up appointments or are referred back to the specialist who recommended the radiotherapy. Follow-up appointments usually happen about 4–6 weeks after the treatment has finished. They may be at the radiotherapy department or at your original hospital.
Other people are followed up by telephone with a nurse or radiographer. They will be able to assess how you’re doing by asking you questions. If they’re concerned that you’re not progressing as you should be, they will arrange for you to have an appointment at the clinic.
Follow-up appointments are a good opportunity to discuss any problems or worries you have. It may help to make a list of questions beforehand so you don’t forget anything important. If you feel anxious, it can help to have a friend or relative with you.
If you have any problems or notice any new symptoms at any time, or between appointments, contact your clinical oncologist or the person you’ve been told to contact. Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment, just ask for an earlier one.