What to ask your doctor about radiotherapy for mouth cancer
Some questions you might ask your doctor
- Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
- What is internal radiotherapy?
- Will I need internal or external radiotherapy or both?
- What type of internal radiotherapy will I be having?
- Will I need to carry around a card explaining what brachytherapy I have had?
- Do you use the type of radiotherapy that changes the shape and strength of the radiotherapy beam to fit the cancer (IMRT)?
- Do you use the type of radiotherapy that uses scans to check the cancer's position regularly during treatment (4D-ART)?
- Are there any other types of treatment I could have?
- How will the treatment help me?
- What are the likely side effects?
- How long will they last?
- Is there anything I can do to help with side effects?
- Are there any long term or permanent effects?
- How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
- Can I get help with fares to and from the hospital?
- Is there any transport available?
- Will I have to stay in hospital, and if so, for how long?
- Is there a number I can ring if I am worried about anything when I am at home?
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