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What to ask your doctor about radiotherapy

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why are you prescribing radiotherapy for me?
  • What kind of radiotherapy treatment will I have?
  • Will it be my only treatment or will I have other treatments too?
  • Are you trying to cure me or reduce my symptoms?
  • What is your plan for my treatment?
  • How many sessions of treatment will I have?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Where will I have my treatment?
  • Can I have the same treatment again in the future if I need to?
  • What are the likely side effects of this treatment?
  • Can I have a hospital parking permit or discounted parking rates for my appointments?
  • Who can I talk to about help with expenses?
  • Can you provide hospital transport for me?
  • Is there somewhere I can stay during my treatment period if it is too far to travel?
  • Where can I get more information about radiotherapy?
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Updated: 16 April 2014