If You Are Having Radiation Therapy
Questions for the doctor:
What is the goal of this treatment?
How will the radiation be given? Internal or external radiation?
Will I need chemotherapy or surgery also?
In what order will my treatments be given?
How many treatments will I get? Over what period of time?
Is there a way to speed up my treatments? Is there a faster treatment option?
When will the treatment begin? When will it end?
How will I feel during radiation therapy?
Will I be able to carry on my normal activities?
What are my restrictions?
Can I drive myself to treatments or do I need someone to bring me?
What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects? What are some serious side effects I should report to the doctor?
How long will it take me to recover from the side effects of treatment?
What are the chances treatment will be effective? How will we know if it's working?
Will I need other treatments as well? Are there any other treatment options?
What can I do to prepare for treatment and to take care of myself during therapy?
Are there any clinical trials that I am eligible for?
Does my insurance cover the treatments? Do I have a copay?
Can I be near children or pets after my procedure?
Are there other types of radiation therapy that may work with my cancer?
Does this center offer the latest technology or techniques for treatment?
Are you and your team comfortable treating my kind of cancer? Have you seen this before?