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Finishing a course of radiotherapy
Returning to normal – how long will it take?
Side effects of radiotherapy often reach their peak 7 to 14 days after treatment has finished. They then settle and gradually improve over the following weeks or months.
It is difficult to put a timescale on this because everyone’s recovery rate is different.
Continue to follow our skin care advice for at least two weeks after your treatment has finished or until it has healed, and then gradually start to return to your normal routine.
The skin in the area which has been treated will always be more sensitive to the sun so please cover it with clothing or a sunscreen of at least factor 30 when outdoors.
Most patients have a follow up appointment for between 4 and 12 weeks after your treatment. The timing of this appointment will be decided by your consultant. You may be given you this appointment at the end of treatment or it may be sent to you in the post.
Please call us if you do not receive an appointment.
If you have outstanding chemotherapy appointments after your radiotherapy, your follow-up appointment will be arranged by the chemotherapy staff.
Letting your GP know
Details of your treatment will be sent to your GP so that your records can be kept up-to-date.
Returning to work
If you have been off work while you have been undergoing radiotherapy, you should return only when you feel ready. It is probably wise to give yourself time to get over your treatment. This is something you may wish to discuss with your oncologist or GP.
|Macmillan Advanced Radiotherapy Practitioners 01206 745 025 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm|
|Radiotherapy Reception 01206 745 055|
|Appointments / Transport 01206 745 033|
|Radiotherapy nurses 01206 745 037|
|Wellbeing Centre and Macmillan Cancer Information Centre Colchester Hospital 01206 745 347|
|Macmillan Cancer Information Centre Broomfield Hospital 01245 515 981|
|Macmillan Cancer Support Freephone 0808 808 0000|
Verifying your identity
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Comments, compliments or complaints about your care
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