Radiotherapy explained

Understand how radiotherapy works, how you can prepare and what to expect.

  • Bone cancer, secondary

    Radiotherapy for secondary bone cancer

    Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays to treat cancer. It can help with symptoms such as pain.

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    Radioisotope therapy for secondary bone cancer

    Radioisotope therapy uses radioactive substances to treat cancer. It is sometimes used to treat secondary bone cancer if several bones are affected.

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    Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)

    Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a treatment that uses scans and specialist equipment to precisely target certain cancers. It is usually only suitable for smaller cancers.

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    How should I prepare for radiotherapy?

    Prepare for your radiotherapy by finding out what treatment involves and how it may affect your everyday routine.

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    Planning your treatment

    Radiographers will work with you to plan your radiotherapy treatment.

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    Where will you have radiotherapy?

    Radiotherapy treatment is given in a hospital’s radiotherapy department

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    Who might I meet?

    You will meet many different specialists before, during and after radiotherapy treatment.

  • Bone cancer, secondary

    Possible side effects

    There are things you can do to help manage the possible side effects of radiotherapy treatment.