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What to ask your doctor about breast cancer radiotherapy

Men and women discussing breast cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
  • What will the treatment involve and how long will it last?
  • Which areas will be treated?
  • Is the type of radiotherapy that changes the shape and strength of the radiotherapy beam (IMRT) suitable for me?
  • Are there any other treatment options?
  • Will I have any side effects when I am having the treatment?
  • What can I use to soothe my skin?
  • Will I need time off work for the whole course of treatment?
  • Can I get help with travelling costs to and from the hospital?
  • What are the long term side effects?
  • What is the risk of me having long term side effects?
  • Will having radiotherapy affect my chances of having breast reconstruction later?
  • Is there a number I can ring if I'm worried about anything?
  • Who can I contact for emotional support?


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Updated: 1 August 2014