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Swimming after radiotherapy


Re: Swimming after radiotherapy

Hi Carolan


Thanks for your post.


Many people want to return to physical activity after treatment but it’s always a good idea to check when is best to do this.


As radiotherapy can cause side effects such as skin reactions, it’s a good idea to leave it a few weeks before returning to swimming.  Many women have a follow up appointment after radiotherapy (around 6 weeks or so after treatment has finished) so it can be helpful to wait until this appointment to check that you are fit to go back in the pool.


If you won’t have an appointment in this sort of time frame, do ring and speak to your breast care nurse to clarify what instructions they’d like you to follow.


Breast Cancer Now offer a range of free information and supportive services that you might be interested in. This includes our Moving Forward courses and Moving Forward book for those who have finished their hospital based treatment. For more details about all of these services, please see the information on the link, or call our free Helpline.


Do call our free, confidential Helpline if you would like to talk this through further or have any other questions. The number is 0808 800 6000.


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Best wishes




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Re: Swimming after radiotherapy

Hi Carolan


Thanks for posting your question.


We hope to be able to respond to you tomorrow.


In the meantime our Helpline is open until 4pm today if you would like to talk things through. 


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With best wishes




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Swimming after radiotherapy

Hi, seen my oncologist this am and forgot to ask about swimming and radiotherapy. Due to start radiotherapy end of January throughout February. Just wondering how long following completion of radiotherapy I should leave o(is sensible to leave) before swimming ?