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