The pelvis

The pelvis is the area of the body between the hips, in the lower part of the tummy (abdomen). It contains:

  • the sexual organs
  • parts of the digestive system
  • the bladder
  • lymph nodes (which help to drain fluid)
  • the pelvic bones

In men the pelvis contains the male sexual organs – the penis, testicles and prostate.

The male pelvic area
The male pelvic area

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In women it contains the female sexual organs – the vagina , womb, cervix and ovaries.

The female pelvic area
The female pelvic area

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The digestive system includes the small bowel,colon, rectum and anus.

The large bowel and rectum
The large bowel and rectum

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Back to Pelvic radiotherapy explained

About pelvic radiotherapy

Pelvic radiotherapy can be used to treat cancers of the bladder, rectum, anus, prostate, vulva, vagina, womb or cervix.

Side effects during treatment

You may have side effects during and shortly after your treatment. The healthcare team will help you to manage these.

Fertility and pelvic radiotherapy

Pelvic radiotherapy can affect your fertility. This can be distressing but getting the right support can help you to find ways of coping.