After radiotherapy has finished, your treatment team will give you general information about your recovery. They will tell you how to look after the treatment area and recommend ways to manage side effects. They will also suggest who to call if you have any questions or concerns.
You will have regular check-ups with the radiation oncologist at the treatment centre. These will become less frequent over time. During these appointments, you will usually have a physical examination and you may have blood tests, x-rays or scans to confirm that the cancer hasn’t come back or spread. You will also be able to discuss how you’re feeling and mention any concerns you may have.
You may also have regular check-ups with other specialists who have been involved in your treatment.
Let your doctor know immediately of any health problems between these follow-up appointments.
Looking after yourself
Cancer and treatment can cause physical and emotional pain. It’s important to try to look after your wellbeing as much as possible.
Eating well and staying active can help you cope. If you’re finding it hard to adjust to the changes in your life, it may help to talk to a counsellor or someone who has had a similar experience.