Questions about radiation therapy

Below are some questions about radiation therapy to ask your doctor to learn more about it as a treatment option, and whether it’s the right fit. Asking your doctor questions will help you make an informed choice. You may want to include some of the questions below in your own list.

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Treatment

  • Why do I need radiation therapy?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of radiation therapy for me?
  • How successful is radiation therapy for the type of cancer I have?
  • What kind of radiation therapy will I have?
  • Will it be my only treatment, or will I have other treatments?
  • How long will treatment take? How will it be given?
  • Where can I have this treatment? Will I have to travel away from home?
  • Will I have radiation therapy as an inpatient or outpatient?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working?
  • Are there any out-of-pocket expenses not covered by Medicare or my private health cover? Can the cost be reduced if I can’t afford it?
  • Are there clinical guidelines you are following?
  • Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?

Side effects

  • What are the risks and possible side effects of radiation therapy?
  • Will any side effects be long-term or short-term?
  • Will I be radioactive? Will my partner be affected?
  • Is it safe to have sex during the course of radiation therapy?
  • Will radiation therapy interact with any other medicines or vitamins I take?
  • Can I work, drive and do my normal activities while having treatment?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Should I change my diet or physical activity during or after treatment?
  • Who should I contact if I have a problem during treatment? Who is my after-hours contact?

After treatment

  • How often will I need check-ups after treatment?
  • If the cancer returns, how will I know? What treatments could I have?

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