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What questions should I ask my doctor about radiation therapy for cancer?

You may want to ask your doctor these questions before having radiation therapy for cancer:

  • Why do I need this treatment?
  • When will the treatments begin? How often will they be given? When will they end?
  • How will I feel during treatment? Will I be able to continue my normal activities?
  • Will there be side effects? How long will they last?
  • Can radiation therapy cause side effects later on?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during treatment?
  • How will we know if the radiation treatment is working?
  • How often will I need checkups?

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