After your radiotherapy has finished, your oncologist or radiographer explains how you will be followed up. Your follow-up depends on the type of cancer and the type of radiotherapy you had.
Your follow-up care may involve one of the following:
- You may not need follow up appointments. Instead, you might get advice about problems you should look out for and the details of someone to contact if you need to.
- You might have regular follow-up appointments at the radiotherapy department or your original hospital. These may be with the specialist who recommended the radiotherapy. The first appointment is usually 4 to 8 weeks after treatment has finished.
- A nurse or radiographer may follow-up by telephone. They will check how you are by asking you questions. If needed, they will arrange for you to have an appointment at the clinic.
- You may do patient-led follow-up. This means you do not have set appointments but can contact the team and arrange one if you are worried. This may not be suitable for everyone. You still have any tests or scans you need as normal.
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 do not forget anything important. If you feel anxious, it can help to have a friend or family member with you.
Contact your clinical nurse specialist, cancer doctor or the person you have been told to contact if:
- you have any problems
- you notice any new symptoms at any time.
Do not wait until your next appointment, just ask for an earlier one.