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What to ask your doctor about radiotherapy for bowel cancer

Men and women discussing bowel cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
  • How long will the course of treatment last?
  • Will I have chemotherapy with the radiotherapy?
  • How will I get to the hospital and back?
  • Is it possible to have help paying my travel fares?
  • Will I have treatment before or after my surgery?
  • Are there any other treatment options?
  • What are the side effects likely to be?
  • Can I do anything to help prevent the side effects?
  • Should I change my diet?
  • Will I have problems going to the toilet?
  • How should I look after my skin?
  • Are there likely to be any long term side effects?
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Updated: 27 August 2013