What to ask your doctor about nasopharyngeal cancer radiotherapy
- 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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