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What to ask your doctor about radiotherapy for salivary gland cancer

Men and women discussing salivary gland cancer

This page has suggestions for questions you might like to ask your doctor or specialist nurse about radiotherapy for cancer of the salivary gland.

  • Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
  • I've heard of a newer type of radiotherapy that changes the shape and strength of the radiotherapy beam to fit the cancer (IMRT). Is this suitable for me and if so, where can I have this treatment?
  • 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?
  • Is there anything I can do to help with side effects?
  • Are there any long term side effects?
  • Are any of these long term side effects likely to be permanent?
  • How often will I have to go 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 when I am at home?
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Updated: 1 July 2014