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Check-ups after pancreatic cancer radiotherapy

Locally advanced pancreatic cancer

If you have locally advanced cancer, you will usually have your first check-up (follow-up appointment) with your oncologist four to six weeks after you finish radiotherapy treatment. This may vary depending on what treatment you have had.

Radiotherapy may continue to have an effect on the cancer after your treatment has finished. This means that it may be up to three months before you have a CT scan to check how well the treatment has worked. When you have the scan will depend on your cancer, whether you have any new symptoms or if you are having treatment as part of a clinical trial.

You can use the follow-up appointment to discuss any questions or concerns. It’s a good idea to write down any questions you have before the appointment, and take someone with you for support or to make notes.

Palliative radiotherapy

If you have had palliative radiotherapy to control symptoms, you will continue to be cared for by your oncologist or palliative care team (who specialise in managing symptoms). They will check how well the radiotherapy has worked, and whether any more would help.

You can talk to our specialist nurses about your follow-up on our free Support Line.

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Reviewed September 2019

Review date September 2021