Information about when you finish radiation therapy.
Once you have finished treatment, the radiation oncology team is still available to provide you with advice and information relating to your treatment. Many groups and networks have been set up throughout New Zealand to provide ongoing support for people who have received cancer treatments. See the support services page for a list of cancer support organizations.
At the completion of your radiation therapy, you enter into a follow-up period. This means we will actively monitor you over an extended period of time, possibly up to five years. The first few follow-up visits are likely to be with your radiation oncologist but, if you are well, the oncologist may hand your care over to your GP or surgeon/specialist. A summary of your treatment and any information gathered at follow-up visits is sent to your GP to keep him/her up-to-date with your situation.
You will be notified about the follow-up arrangements at the end of your treatment.
At times during this follow-up period, it may be necessary to send you for some tests to monitor your health. Tests can be done to check the status of your disease, or to monitor any residual side effects from the treatment. These tests may comprise of blood tests, x-rays and scans.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us between visits if you have any problems that you think may be related to your condition or the treatment you received.
Treatment information- excerpt from the Radiation Therapy General Information Booklet.
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