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Questions to ask your doctor

You may find this checklist helpful when thinking about the questions you want to ask your doctor about your disease and treatment. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand it is okay to ask for clarification.

  • Why do I need radiotherapy?
  • What do you expect the radiotherapy to do to the cancer?
  • What kind of radiotherapy treatment will I have?
  • Will it be my only treatment or will I have other treatments too?
  • What side effects should I expect? Will they be long- or short-term side effects?
  • How long will treatment take (each treatment individually and the series of treatments overall)?
  • Where will I have the treatment? Do I have the radiotherapy treatment as an inpatient or outpatient?
  • Will I be radioactive? Will my partner?
  • Is it safe to have sex if I’m having radiotherapy treatment?
  • Will treatment interact with any other medication or vitamins I am taking?
  • When will we know whether the radiotherapy treatment has been successful?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • Will the cost of my treatment be covered by health insurance?
  • If needed can I get help with travel expenses or accommodation?