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Questions for Your Provider - Radiation Therapy

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Questions to ask your doctor on radiation therapy
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  • Why do you recommend radiation therapy for me?
  • Is there a clinical trial that you recommend I join?
  • 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 to treatment sessions alone, or should a friend or relative come with me?
  • What clothes should I wear to the treatment sessions?
  • Can I wear deodorant to the treatment sessions?
  • 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 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?
  • What are the long-term risks of this treatment?
  • 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?

Learn more about talking to your health care provider.

Updated 04/24/14

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