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Recovering from radiotherapy

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Most side effects only last a few days or weeks after radiotherapy. However, some side effects, such as tiredness or hair loss, can last for a few months.

Follow-up appointments

After your radiotherapy has finished, you will have an appointment with your radiotherapist to check on your progress. Follow-up appointments may continue for several years but will be less frequent as time goes on.

The timing of follow-up appointments will depend on whether you are having further treatment and whether or not the radiotherapy has been successful.

Your GP will be sent a report about your treatment and you will be able to contact a member of your treatment team if you have any questions or issues in between your follow-up appointments.

Effects of radiotherapy

The positive effects of radiotherapy usually take some time to show. Results depend on the condition you have and the stage it was at when treatment began.

The effectiveness of your treatment may depend on whether you are having other treatment alongside radiotherapy, such as chemotherapy or surgery.

See Useful links for more information about chemotherapy and follow-up appointments.

Medical Review: April 22, 2009

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