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What to ask your doctor about internal radiotherapy

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Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What kind of internal radiotherapy will I have?
  • Why are you suggesting this treatment for me?
  • What side effects can I expect?
  • How well does the treatment work?
  • How should I prepare for the treatment?
  • Please describe exactly what happens, step by step
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Will I need to stay in hospital and, if so, for how long?
  • Will the treatment make me radioactive?
  • How long will I be radioactive?
  • Will I be in a single room during my treatment?
  • What are the risks to me?
  • Will my friends and family be exposed to radiation from me?
  • What safety precautions do I need to take while I am in hospital
  • Do I need to take any safety precautions at home?
  • Are there any longer term effects of this treatment?
  • Do you have written information about the procedure and safety precautions?
  • What happens if I have to move while I have internal radiotherapy?
  • How can I get help with travel costs and transport?
  • Who can help me arrange the practical things?
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Updated: 3 July 2012