After your course of treatment is completed, your radiation oncologist
will schedule an initial followup visit within two to four weeks. At this
time, you will be examined to ensure that any side effects are resolving.
Every effort is made to minimize the side effects of radiation by excluding
normal tissue from the treatment field. Your radiation oncologist is trained
in recognizing and treating these effects promptly. To ensure your continued
health, future follow-up visits will be scheduled every three to six months.
If another cancer physician is also monitoring you, your follow-up schedule
will be adjusted to allow for that.
Your primary physician or medical oncologist may have questions about
changes in your physical examinations brought about by the radiation treatment.
Since these changes can be subtle and progress months or even years after
treatment, it is important that you adhere to your follow-up appointment
schedule. Your radiation oncologist can work with your primary physician
to avoid unnecessary diagnostic procedures.
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