Having chemotherapy at the same time as radiotherapy is called chemoradiation.
The chemotherapy drugs can make cancer cells more sensitive to radiotherapy. Combining both treatments is often more effective than having either treatment on its own.
This treatment is only helpful for certain types of cancer, so it is not suitable for everyone. Depending on the type of cancer, you may have chemoradiation:
- as your main treatment for cancer
- after surgery, to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.
We may have more about chemoradiation in our information about different types of cancer.
Giving chemotherapy and radiotherapy together can make the side effects of treatment worse. Your doctor or specialist nurse will give you more information about chemoradiation and the possible side effects.
Always tell your doctor, specialist nurse or radiographer about any side effects so they can help.