You may have radiotherapy for secondary bone cancer as:
- a single treatment session
- a number of treatment sessions, which are given daily.
Your doctor will discuss your treatment with you beforehand and answer any questions you have.
You will normally have radiotherapy to the area of the bone affected by the cancer. It usually takes 7 to 10 days for radiotherapy to start reducing bone pain, and it may take up to six weeks before you feel the full effect. You may notice that any pain you have becomes slightly worse before getting better.
During this time, it’s important to continue taking the painkillers prescribed by your doctor. As your pain improves, you may be able to reduce the amount of painkillers. But it’s important to talk to your doctor or nurse before adjusting the dose.
External radiotherapy does not make you radioactive. It’s perfectly safe to be with other people after treatment, including children.