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Radiation Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions related to radiation therapy.
Q: Will I be
Q: I’ve heard that radiation therapy can cause
A: Brief high doses of
Q: What happens after radiation therapy?
A: During your weeks of treatment, you will be monitored by the
- Discuss and monitor any side effects you experience from radiation treatments
- Check for any signs of
- Perform a physical exam
- Possibly send you for lab tests and/or
- Answer any questions you have
Once all treatments are completed, the radiation oncologist will want to see you for follow-up and will coordinate additional visits with other doctors involved in your care. Follow-up care might include:
- More cancer treatment
- Routine blood tests, x-ray images and lab work
Taking good care of yourself is an important part of following through after radiation treatments.
Q: Can I wash during treatment?
A: Ask the nurse or doctor if you can wash the area being treated. You can wash any other part of your body.
Q: Does radiation therapy cause infertility?
A: Radiation therapy only causes infertility if radiation beams pass through the testes in men or ovaries in women. Most radiation therapy does not affect these areas and does not result in infertility. Physicians may that recommend women of childbearing age avoid becoming pregnant for some period after treatment, so it is important to consider contraception during this time.