Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy explained

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

Radiotherapy explained

Radiotherapy explained

Consultant Clinical Oncologist Vincent Khoo describes external beam radiotherapy, how it works, and what it involves.

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Consultant Clinical Oncologist Vincent Khoo describes external beam radiotherapy, how it works, and what it involves.

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  • Head and neck cancers

    Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

    Radiotherapy can be used to treat head and neck cancers, in combination with chemotherapy or on its own.

  • Head and neck cancers

    Planning your treatment

    Your radiotherapy will be carefully planned. You’ll have a special mask made to keep your head still during treatment.

  • Head and neck cancers

    Possible side effects

    You will get side effects during radiotherapy treatment to your head and neck. These usually improve a few weeks after treatment is over.

  • Head and neck cancers

    What you can do to help reduce side effects

    Looking after your mouth and teeth, not smoking and not drinking alcohol will help to reduce the side effects of radiotherapy.

  • Head and neck cancers

    Possible late (long-term) effects of radiotherapy

    Some people find that certain side effects of radiotherapy don’t improve, or they may develop new side effects after treatment.

  • General information

    How should I prepare for radiotherapy?

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

  • General information

    Where will you have radiotherapy?

    Radiotherapy treatment is given in a hospital’s radiotherapy department

  • General information

    Who might I meet?

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