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Check-ups after pancreatic cancer radiotherapy

For 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. That may vary depending on what combination of treatment you’ve had. Radiotherapy may continue to have an effect after your treatment has finished. That means you will probably wait weeks or months before having a CT scan to measure whether the cancer has responded to the treatment. This depends on the stage of 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.

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

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

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Clinical trials for radiotherapy

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Side effects of radiotherapy

Looking after yourself during radiotherapy

Published July 2017

Review date July 2019

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