Questions to Ask your Radiation Oncologist

Questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer.2These are just a few suggestions. Delete some that don’t apply and add others of your own. It is always a good idea to record the answers to the questions if you physician will allow it, as it is often hard to take everything in when you are under stress. Or take someone with you as support and an extra pair of ears.
In addition, do not be afraid to ask for a second or third opinion if you are able. Your doctor should be willing to explain the treatment they are proposing and answer any questions you might have.

  1. What is the goal of radiation?
  2. What are the risks and side-effects?
  3. What type of radiation will you be using?
  4. Where do I go for radiation therapy?
  5. When do you start radiation treatment relative to my other treatments?
  6. How long does each session last?
  7. How many weeks does the full treatment last?
  8. What side-effects might I experience and do you have tips for dealing with them?
  9. Should I change my diet or lifestyle?
  10. Are there certain things I should avoid during therapy?
  11. Does radiation therapy affect breast reconstruction?

In addition, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has a very extensive list of questions that is very helpful, see ASCO: Questions to Ask