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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?

Steph - Macmillan
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Hello @TLO

Thank you so much for your question and I am sorry that we haven’t yet been able to respond.

Although we’ve had to close the session for new questions, our nurses will be posting a response to any existing questions as soon as they possibly can. We really appreciate your patience at this extremely busy time and hope you’re ok.

Please remember that if you are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms, you should contact your GP or specialist medical team as your first priority.

In case it’s useful, we have information about Coronavirus on our website. For more information, including what to do if you have symptoms and how to reduce the risk of infection, please visit the NHS website.

Thank you for being part of the Community.

Take care,

Online Community Officer
Elise - Macmillan
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Hello TLO,

Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our Online Community.

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.

Best wishes and take care,


Cancer Information Nurse Specialist