Questions to ask about your radiotherapy

It’s important to make sure you understand your treatment and the effects it will have on you. The health professionals looking after you will be happy to answer your questions. You might want to ask some of these questions and write down any others you think of:

  • What type of radiotherapy treatment will I have?
  • What are the aims of the treatment?
  • Is this treatment the most effective type of radiotherapy for my cancer?
  • Does this type of treatment reduce the risk of damage to healthy tissue and side effects?
  • What type of image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) will be used to make sure my treatment is accurate?
  • How long will my course of treatment take?
  • How often will I need to have treatment?
  • What are the likely side effects of the treatment?
  • Are there any risks associated with the treatment?
  • Are there any other treatments I could have instead of radiotherapy?
  • How will the treatment affect my life, such as my daily activities, my work life, my sex life and my fertility?
  • Will I have follow-up appointments? If so, how often and who will they be with?
  • Who should I contact if I need more information or have any concerns about my treatment?

Back to Radiotherapy explained

What is radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. This treatment aims to treat cancer or relieve symptoms.

Possible side effects

There are things you can do to help manage the possible side effects of radiotherapy treatment.

Making a radiotherapy mask

During radiotherapy to the head and neck a mask is used to help you keep still so that exactly the right area is treated.

Who might I meet?

You will meet many different specialists before, during and after radiotherapy treatment.

After treatment

It can take time to recover from radiotherapy. Support is there if you have any problems.