Questions you might want to ask your nurse and/or doctor
Radiation is a safe, highly effective cancer treatment. However, because radiation is invisible and works inside your body, it can be hard to understand how it works.
Each radiation therapy treatment team has many safety checks to ensure that each treatment is given as planned. However, some patients and caregivers have very technical questions about radiation therapy.
It is perfectly acceptable to have questions about how your radiation treatment works, how accurate the targeting is, side affects you may experience, and the safety of the treatments.
Here are some questions you may want to ask your radiation oncologist about receiving therapy:
You may want to write them down before your appointment to make sure you discuss everything through. Remember that you are the most important member of your treatment team.
- Can I drive myself to and from the treatment facility?
- What side effects may occur from the radiation treatment and how are they managed?
- Do I need a special diet during or after my treatment?
- Will I be able to continue my normal activities?
- Can I smoke or drink alcohol?
- Is it safe to take vitamins or other supplements throughout my treatment?
- How can I expect to feel during treatment and in the weeks following radiation therapy?
Questions to ask after having ungergone radiation therapy:
- Are there any reasons I should call you after my treatment ends?
- How and when will I know if I am cured of cancer?
- What are the chances that the cancer will come back?
- How often do I need to return for checkups?
- Are there any concerning long-term side effects?
- How soon can I go back to my regular activities?
Rtanswers.org,. (2015). What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor?
RT Answers – Answers to Your Radiation Therapy Questions. Retrieved 3 December 2015,