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Questions for your Doctor: Radiation


Note: The following list of radiation questions is aimed at someone that is going to have a radiation treatments or is trying to decide between radiation and surveillance. He has already been diagnosed with a pure seminoma tumor, and has had enough tests done to determine that he is not a candidate for primary chemotherapy (advanced Stage II or Stage III). Keep in mind that radiation is used for testicular cancer far less often than in the past. There is a greater concern about long term side effects and second cancers, particularly if the disease is not contained and you eventually need chemotherapy as well. It may make more sense to do chemotherapy now and be done with treatment. This should definitely be a part of your discussion with the doctor.

Important: You should be having this discussion with a radiation oncologist, not a urologist. That said, keep in mind that the radiation oncologist is going to be biased towards radiotherapy. I encourage you to also speak with a medical oncologist for a second opinion.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this list, please feel free to send me an email!


WHY RADIATION?

RADIATION TREATMENT

AFTER THE RADIATION TREATMENTS

RADIATION RELATED SIDE EFFECTS

RADIATION SUPPORT

RADIATION MISCELLANEOUS


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