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What to ask your doctor about nasopharyngeal cancer radiotherapy

Men and women discussing nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
  • What is external radiotherapy?
  • What is internal radiotherapy?
  • Will I need internal or external radiotherapy or both?
  • Do I need radiotherapy and chemotherapy together?
  • Will I have treatment once a day or several times a day?
  • I've heard of a newer type of radiotherapy that uses scans to check the cancer's position regularly during treatment (4D-ART). Is this suitable for me and if so, where can I have this treatment?
  • Are there any other types of treatment I could have?
  • How will the treatment help me?
  • What are the likely side effects?
  • Are the side effects for combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy any different?
  • How can you and the nurses help me cope with the side effects?
  • Is there anything I can do to help with side effects?
  • Can any side effects be prevented?
  • How long will the side effects last?
  • Will I need strong painkillers for my mouth and throat?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink?
  • Will you consider tube feeding for me?
  • What types of tube feeding are there?
  • Are there any long term or permanent effects of this type of radiotherapy?
  • 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?
  • How long will I have to stay in hospital?
  • Is there a number I can ring if I am worried about anything when I'm at home?
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Updated: 26 August 2014