You are having radiation therapy to try to kill cancer cells. You may receive radiation therapy alone or also have other treatments at the same time. Your doctor or nurse may need to follow you closely while you are having radiation therapy. You will also need to learn how to care for yourself during this time.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
Should someone bring me to the radiation treatments?
What will my skin look like after radiation treatments? How should I take care of my skin?
Am I at risk of infections?
Am I at risk of bleeding? Is it okay to shave? What should I do if I cut myself or start bleeding?
What over-the-counter medicines am I allowed to take?
Are there any other medicines I should keep on hand?
Do I need to use birth control?
What should I be eating to keep my weight and strength up?
Are there any foods or vitamins and supplements I should avoid?
Will I be sick to my stomach or have loose stools or diarrhea? How long after I start radiation treatment might these problems start? What can I do if I am sick to my stomach or have diarrhea often?
How should I take care of my mouth and lips?
What can I do about my fatigue?
When should I call the doctor?
What to ask your doctor about radiation therapy
Updated by: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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