You usually have chemoradiation as an outpatient.
In the first week of treatment, you start chemotherapy and have your first radiotherapy treatment. You have radiotherapy Monday to Friday, for 4 to 6 weeks. Four weeks after you started treatment, you have a second cycle of chemotherapy.
You usually have the chemotherapy into a vein (intravenously). Some people have the fluorouracil through a portable chemotherapy pump, which they take home. Sometimes people have a drug called capecitabine, which is taken as a tablet, instead of fluorouracil.
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. The following side effects of chemoradiation may be worse than for either radiotherapy or chemotherapy alone:
Tell your doctor, specialist nurse or radiographer about your side effects. They can help you find ways to cope with them.