What to ask your doctor about prostate cancer radiotherapy
Some questions you may want to ask your doctor
- Why are you recommending radiotherapy for me?
- What type of radiotherapy do you recommend?
- Should I have external or internal radiotherapy?
- Is the type of radiotherapy that changes the shape and strength of the radiotherapy beam to fit the cancer (IMRT) suitable for me?
- I've heard of a type of radiotherapy that uses scans to check the position of the cancer during treatment. Is this suitable for me?
- What is the aim of my treatment?
- Will the treatment cure my cancer?
- Are there other treatments I could have instead of radiotherapy?
- Should I have hormone therapy as well as radiotherapy?
- How long will the course of treatment take?
- Is there any transport available to and from the hospital or can I get help with paying my fares?
- Is radiotherapy painful?
- What are the short term and long term side effects?
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for the treatment?
- Is there any written information you can give me about this treatment?
- Will the treatment affect my bladder or bowel and will this get better over time?
- What is the chance that bowel or bladder problems could be permanent?
- What are the risks of erection problems after this treatment and is that permanent?
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