After you complete radiation therapy, your radiation oncologist will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress, look for late side effects and check for signs of recurrence. You'll need less frequent follow-up visits the longer you're cancer-free, but you're likely to see your medical oncologist for the rest of your life.
When your radiation therapy is completed, tell your doctor or nurse if you experience:
- Persistent pain
- New lumps, bruises, rashes, swelling or bleeding
- Persistent digestive complaints such as appetite changes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
- Unexplained weight loss
- A fever or cough that doesn't go away
- Any other bothersome symptoms
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