Radiation Therapy Discharge Instructions
These guidelines will tell you what to expect after you complete your radiation treatments. They
will also tell you how to take care of yourself.
1. Symptoms related to your treatment may last for weeks. Rarely, a symptom may persist for
months. Most symptoms will go away over time. Sometimes they are permanent. Your
doctor will ask you about your symptoms when you return to see us in “follow up”.
2. Skin reactions may worsen for 7 to 10 days after your final treatment. During this time,
gently clean and moisturize your skin with the recommended skin products. Let your
markings slowly wear off. If you notice that areas of skin become open and weepy, if you
get a fever, or if you notice large amounts of thick drainage, contact your radiation doctor or
3. Even after the skin in the treatment area has healed, it will be sensitive. Protect your skin
from injury and avoid direct sun exposure. If you cannot avoid the sun, use a sunscreen with
a SPF rating of at least 30. Use a skin moisturizer until your oil glands are back to normal.
4. Try to eat a well-balanced diet. Drink at least 8 glasses of fluid each day. Avoid caffeine
and alcohol because they promote the loss of body water. Staying hydrated will help to
speed the healing process.
5. If you have been on a special diet to control the side effects of your treatment, follow this
diet until the side effects resolve. Then, slowly return to your normal diet to prevent the
return of symptoms.
6. Fatigue or weakness may persist. Get plenty of rest, pace yourself, and adjust your normal
routine, as needed. It may take weeks or months before your energy level returns to normal
7. If your radiation doctor has prescribed a narcotic pain medicine, and you need a refill, please
call the clinic at least 5 days before the refill is needed. We will then mail it to you or to
your pharmacy. (State laws restrict the phoning in of most narcotic prescriptions).
8. Follow-up visits will be scheduled with your radiation doctor so that he or she can assess the
status of your disease and symptoms. Please see your local doctor for health issues unrelated
to your treatment or your cancer diagnosis. When you return for a follow-up visit, please
register on the second floor in the Town Square. Then, check in at the Radiation Oncology
desk. If your visit is at East Clinic, please check in at the main desk in the lobby of the first
9. Your first follow-up visit with Dr ___________________________ is scheduled for
10. Some people feel nervous when their treatment is finished. Please call us with any questions
Radiation Oncology Clinic,
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
UW Health East Clinic
Radiation Oncology Clinic
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Nurses’ desk (608) 265-7200
Treatment Unit (608) 265-4357
After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, call (608) 263-8500. The answering service will
take the call. Ask for the Radiation Doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 and ask for the Radiation Oncology Clinic.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your cancer treatment. We look forward to seeing you
in follow up.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 2/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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