After Cancer Treatment
We’re dedicated to you while you’re here and after you leave. Follow-up care is extremely important. Your treatment team will remain in contact with you and your referring physician after you’ve completed treatment. We focus on giving you what you need to return to a normal life as quickly as possible.
Completing therapy: An important milestone
During the last week of your therapy, the treatment team will honor you and celebrate the completion of your radiation journey. It is a special time for patients and their loved ones to exchange experiences and thank the friends they’ve met along the way.
After your radiation therapy ends, you will need regular doctor visits to check your progress and help you deal with any problems that arise. This phase of your treatment is called follow-up care. Your follow-up care will include checking the results of your treatment, as well as appointments with your urologist
Questions you may want to ask your doctor after radiation therapy:
- When can I go back to my normal activity?
- How often will my follow-up appointments be scheduled?
- Which tests will be done and why?
- Do I need to continue changes in my diet?
- When can I resume sexual activity?
For a short time following your therapy, you will need to continue some of the special care used during your treatment. For instance, if you have skin problems after your treatment ends, be gentle with your skin until all signs or irritation are gone. Also, you may need extra rest while your healthy tissues are rebuilding. You may need to limit your activities to conserve energy and not try to resume a full schedule of activities right away.
When to Call the Doctor
After treatment, you are likely to be more aware of your body and slight changes in how you feel from day to day. If you have any of the problems listed below, tell your doctor at once.
- Pain that does not go away, especially if it always in the same place
- Lumps, bumps, or swelling
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or trouble swallowing
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fever or cough that doesn’t go away
- Unusual rashes, bruises, or bleeding
- Any other signs mentioned by your doctor or nurse