What is radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy is the use of high energy rays such as x-rays to destroy cancer cells. Radiotherapy is most often used to relieve symptoms caused by advanced stomach cancer, such as bleeding from the stomach. This is called palliative radiotherapy.

Occasionally, chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be given together (chemoradiation). This is to try to reduce the risk of cancer returning after surgery. Chemoradiation is not often used as a treatment for stomach cancer in the UK. It’s most likely to be given as part of a clinical trial.

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Who might I meet?

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