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What to ask your doctor about side effects of abdominal or pelvic radiotherapy

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What side effects can I expect from radiotherapy to my tummy (abdomen) or pelvis?
  • Will I need to change my diet completely?
  • Can the dietician help me find out more about what to eat and drink?
  • What about diet after treatment has finished?
  • Are there any long term side effects of this treatment?
  • Could this treatment affect my bladder?
  • Could this treatment affect my bowel?
  • Who should I contact if I get side effects?


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Updated: 12 May 2014