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Hope that things are ok on your end in light of what is currently going on in the world. Just wanted to know if I needed to self isolate myself ... I completed my chemo & radiotherapy at the end of September for cervical cancer stage 3. I had a full hysterectomy on the 15th January and have been back at work for a month. Is my immune system still building itself up and though I am following guidelines, I just wanted to know if am slightly more at risk?
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For most people who complete chemotherapy their immune system will return to normal within several weeks. Radiotherapy can have a mild and temporary effect on the immune system.
However, any type of surgery can suppress the immune system temporarily sometimes for a few weeks but unless you have been told specifically by your doctors that your immune system is impaired then it’s reasonable to assume that your immune system is now working well. It’s great to hear that you’ve felt well enough to go back to work and general well-being is often a good sign that the immune system is coping well.
As you know EVERYONE has been advised to adopt social distancing measures but do please check the GOV.UK and NHS. UK websites regularly for any updated advice.
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