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What to ask your doctor about general radiotherapy side effects

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What general side effects can I expect?
  • How can I reduce the side effects?
  • How will radiotherapy make me feel?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Will I need to change my diet during the treatment?
  • When can I expect to be back to normal after treatment?
  • What problems could I have with my skin during radiotherapy treatment
  • How long will the effects on my skin last?
  • How can I protect my skin from the sun in the future?
  • I like to swim but will the chlorine in the water affect my skin?
  • Will the treatment affect my periods?
  • What help is there if I have menopausal symptoms – can I have HRT?
  • How will radiotherapy affect my sex life?
  • What about my fertility – will I still be able to have a family?
  • Can I delay my treatment so I can have sperm banking?
  • What help can I get with sex or fertility problems?
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Updated: 6 May 2014