Questions for your radiotherapy team

It is important to understand your treatment and the effects it may have on you. The team looking after you will be able to answer your questions. You might want to ask some of these questions:

  • What type of radiotherapy will I have? Does it have any other names?
  • Why am I having this type of radiotherapy?
  • What are the aims of the treatment?
  • 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?
  • Could there be any serious, long-term or late effects of the treatment?
  • Are there other types of radiotherapy I could have?
  • Are there any other treatments I could have instead of radiotherapy?
  • How will the treatment affect my life? Will it affect my daily activities, work, sex life or 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 questions about my treatment?

Ask your oncology team lots of questions about how the treatment will help. You can also ask what they can do to help make it more bearable.


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.

Before your radiotherapy

Before you start radiotherapy, your team will explain what your treatment involves and how it may affect you.

Masks for radiotherapy

During most types of radiotherapy to the brain, head or neck, you wear a mask to help you keep still.

Your radiotherapy team

You will meet many different specialists from your radiotherapy team. You may see them before, during and after radiotherapy treatment.

After your radiotherapy

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