Patient Information

Radiotherapy leaflets

Radiotherapy Department
Colchester Hospital
Tel: 01206 745 055


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.

Skin care

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.

Follow-up appointments

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.

Contact information

Macmillan Advanced Radiotherapy Practitioners 01206 745 025 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Radiotherapy Reception 01206 745 055

Appointments and 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 (Opens in a new window)  Freephone 0808 808 0000

Verifying your identity

When you attend hospital you will be asked to confirm your first and last names, date of birth, postcode and NHS number, if you know it, and to let us know if you have any allergies.

Comments, compliments or complaints about your care

Please raise any concerns in the ward or department you are in. Ask to speak with the ward sister, matron or department manager. If your concerns cannot be resolved or you wish to make a formal complaint, please look at the PALS (Patient Advice & Liaison Service) page, call PALS on 0800 783 7328 or pick up a PALS leaflet at the hospital.

Your views

If you or a family member has recently been in Colchester Hospital, you can tell us about your experience by searching for ‘Colchester’ on the NHS Choices website (Opens in a new window), by writing to us or by filling in a ‘Friends & Family Test’ questionnaire.


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