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What to ask your doctor about lung cancer radiotherapy

Men and women discussing lung cancer

Questions you may want to ask your doctor about radiotherapy for lung cancer

  • Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
  • Is the radiotherapy aiming to get rid of my cancer or make my symptoms better?
  • How long will the course of treatment last?
  • I've heard of radiotherapy that gives different doses to different parts of the cancer. Is this suitable for me?
  • I've heard of radiotherapy that uses regular scans to check the position of the tumour. Is this suitable for me?
  • Are there any other treatment options for me?
  • What are the side effects likely to be?
  • Can I do anything to help prevent the side effects?
  • What can help if I have trouble swallowing?
  • With radiotherapy to the head will I lose my hair?
  • Will the hair grow back?
  • How should I look after my skin?
  • Are there likely to be any long term side effects?
  • Can I get help paying my fares to and from the hospital?
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Updated: 28 March 2014