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What to ask your doctor about cervical cancer radiotherapy

Women discussing cervical cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why do you recommend radiotherapy for me?
  • What will the treatment do for me?
  • Should I have chemotherapy at the same time?
  • Do I need to have internal or external radiotherapy, or both?
  • How long will the course of treatment take?
  • How many times will I have chemotherapy during my radiotherapy course?
  • Do you use low dose rate or high dose rate internal radiotherapy?
  • How long will it take to get over the treatment?
  • What side effects will I have?
  • Is there anything I can do to help stop side effects?
  • Should I use vaginal dilators to stop narrowing?
  • When should I start using them?
  • How long should I go on using them?
  • Where do I get them?
  • What should I do if I'm worried about a side effect?
  • What are the possible long term side effects?
  • What are my chances of getting long term side effects?
  • Will I have to stay overnight for my internal radiotherapy?
  • Will I have to stay in bed?
  • Will I be isolated?
  • Can I have visitors, including children?
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Updated: 2 June 2014