You may have radiotherapy for secondary bone cancer as:
- a single treatment session
- a number of treatment sessions, which are given daily.
Your doctor will discuss your treatment with you and answer any questions you have.
You will normally have radiotherapy to the area of the bone affected by the cancer. It usually takes 7 to 10 days for radiotherapy to start reducing bone pain. It may take up to six weeks before you feel the full effect. You may notice that any pain you have becomes slightly worse before getting better.
During this time, it is important to continue taking the painkillers your doctor prescribes. As your pain improves, you may be able to reduce the amount of painkillers. But, it is important to talk to your doctor or nurse before adjusting the dose.
External radiotherapy does not make you radioactive. It’s perfectly safe to be with other people after treatment, including children.
There is another type of radiotherapy, called radioisotope therapy. This is where you have a radioactive substance either as a capsule or as an injection into a vein.