Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Oral Cancer
Your doctor may recommend radiation therapy for you in any of the following situations:
You will talk with a radiation oncologist, a doctor who specializes in both cancer and radiation. You’ll find out what type of radiation you need, at what dose, what side effects to expect, and how long the radiation therapy will last. During your visit, ask what you can expect to feel during and after the treatment. To help deal with the medical information and remember all your questions, it is helpful to bring a family member or close friend with you to doctors' appointments. In addition, bringing a written list of concerns will make it easier for you to remember your questions.