The side effects of radiation typically occur later during treatment and extend several weeks after treatment is complete. On your last treatment day, you will meet with a nurse to review the post-treatment plan. Follow-up visits in our clinic or with your referring doctor will be scheduled to monitor your recovery. Your referring doctor will schedule periodic exams, lab tests or imaging studies to assess for recurrence or progression of disease. You are encouraged to contact us at any time after treatment with questions about your recovery or next steps in your treatment plan. Even if you are not being seen regularly in our clinic, you are still welcome to call or schedule a visit with us as needed.
In addition to follow-up medical appointments, many patients benefit from participating in cancer survivorship or support groups. Our goal for most patients is a complete recovery from treatment. When a full recovery is not expected, palliative care and other support services are available.