You usually have radiotherapy for between three and five weeks. It’s given to you as an outpatient, so you come in for treatment and can then go home again afterwards. You have the treatment in the hospital radiotherapy department as a series of short daily sessions.
Each treatment session takes 10–15 minutes and they are usually given Monday–Friday, with a rest at the weekend. Your cancer specialist or nurse will talk to you about the treatment and possible side effects.
Radiotherapy doesn’t make you radioactive, and it’s safe for you to be with other people, including children, after treatment.