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10 Questions to Ask the Radiation Oncologist About Breast Cancer

Since you've recently been referred for radiation therapy to treat your breast cancer, ask your radiation oncologist these questions at your next visit.

1. How will having radiation therapy help me? What does the radiation do to my cancer?

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2. What are the types of radiation therapy? Which types could I be a candidate for?

3. How many appointments are involved and how long does each session last?

4. Where will I go for my appointments?

5. How will we know if radiation therapy is working?

6. Will radiation therapy make me radioactive?

7. What might be side effects of my treatment? What can I do about them?

8. Are there things I should avoid doing or eating during treatment?

9. If I want to, will I be able to have children later on?

10. How does having radiation affect breast reconstruction if I want it?

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on October 18, 2012
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