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Questions for Your Provider - Radiation Therapy
- Why do you recommend radiation therapy for me?
- Is there a clinical trial that I can join? Would you recommend I consider joining that trial?
- How will radiation therapy affect my risk of a breast cancer recurrence, metastasis or a new breast cancer? Please explain the differences to me.
- How long will each treatment session take? How many sessions will I have?
- Can I have accelerated (shortened course) radiation therapy treatments?
- Can I come alone, or should a friend or relative come with me?
- What clothes should I wear to the treatment sessions?
- Can I wear deodorant?
- Can I wear a bra during the course of treatment?
- What side effects should I expect? How long might they last? What symptoms need medical care?
- Who do I contact if I have problems or questions about my treatment? What about on holidays or during the weekend?
- What are the long-term risks of this treatment?
- What precautions should I take during treatment?
- What lotion, soaps or other skincare products should I use or avoid?
- What problems should I report to you right away?
- Can I continue normal activities? Are there any activities I should avoid?
- Where can I find a support group for people living with breast cancer (or cancer in general)?
- Should I continue to see my regular physician or gynecologist during my treatment?
- How often will I have check-ups and follow-up tests after treatment ends?
- Will a follow-up care plan be prepared for me?
- Which health care provider is in charge of my follow-up care?
- What do I need to consider before treatment begins if I would like to have a child after I have been treated for breast cancer?
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