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What to ask your doctor about brain tumour radiotherapy

Men and women discussing brain tumours

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why do I need radiotherapy?
  • Is there any other type of treatment I could have instead?
  • Is there any other treatment I should have as well as radiotherapy?
  • What do you expect the treatment to achieve?
  • What are the side effects of this treatment?
  • Are stereotactic radiotherapy or radiosurgery suitable for my type of brain tumour?
  • How long will it take me to get over the treatment?
  • Are there any long term effects?
  • Is there anything I can do to help myself recover more quickly?
  • How often will I have to go to the hospital to have treatment?
  • Will I have to stay in hospital, or can I have the treatment as an outpatient?
  • Can I get help with fares to and from the hospital?
  • When will I be able to get back to normal?
  • Will I be able to go back to work and when?
  • Will I need any more treatment in the future?
  • What happens if my brain tumour comes back after the radiotherapy?
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Updated: 30 December 2013