Cancer Research UK on Google+ Cancer Research UK on Facebook Cancer Research UK on Twitter

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?
  • Is the type of radiotherapy that uses frequent scans to check the position of the cancer (4 dimensional adaptive radiotherapy) 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?

 

Rate this page:
Submit rating

 

Rated 4 out of 5 based on 16 votes
Rate this page
Rate this page for no comments box
Please enter feedback to continue submitting
Send feedback
Question about cancer? Contact our information nurse team

No Error

Updated: 1 August 2014