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What to ask your doctor about brain radiotherapy side effects

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What side effects will the radiotherapy cause?
  • Do you expect my symptoms to get worse for a time?
  • Can the worsening of symptoms be prevented or treated?
  • Am I likely to feel tired and how will that affect my daily life?
  • Am I likely to feel sick, and can you prevent this?
  • Will I lose my hair and if so, will it grow back when the treatment finishes?
  • Do you advise wearing a wig?
  • Can I get any financial or practical help in getting a wig?
  • What other head coverings can I use? 
  • Are there any long term effects of this treatment?
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Updated: 7 May 2014