What to ask your doctor about radiotherapy for thyroid cancer
Some questions you might ask your doctor
- Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
- I've heard of a newer type of external 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 external 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?
- How long will they last?
- Is there anything I can do to help with side effects?
- Are there any long term or permanent effects?
- Are there any special instructions after my treatment?
- Is it safe to be around my family after treatment?
- 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 at home?
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