Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

About radiotherapy

Learn how radiotherapy for head and neck cancer works and how you can prepare.

Radiotherapy explained

Radiotherapy explained

Consultant Clinical Oncologist Vincent Khoo describes external beam radiotherapy, how it works, and what it involves.

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Consultant Clinical Oncologist Vincent Khoo describes external beam radiotherapy, how it works, and what it involves.

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  • Head and neck cancers

    Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

    Radiotherapy can be used on its own to treat head and neck cancers or in combination with chemotherapy.

  • Head and neck cancers

    Planning head and neck cancer radiotherapy treatment

    Your radiotherapy will be carefully planned, and you will have a radiotherapy mask made to help keep your head as still as possible during treatment.

  • Head and neck cancers

    Possible side effects

    You can get side effects during radiotherapy treatment to your head and neck – these usually improve a few weeks after treatment is over.

  • Head and neck cancers

    What you can do to help reduce side effects

    Looking after your mouth and teeth, not smoking and not drinking alcohol will help to reduce the side effects of radiotherapy.

  • Head and neck cancers

    Possible late (long-term) effects of radiotherapy

    Some people find that certain side effects of radiotherapy don’t get better or they may develop late side effects after treatment.

  • General information

    Before your radiotherapy

    Before you start radiotherapy, your team will explain what your treatment involves and how it may affect you.

  • General information

    Where will you have radiotherapy?

    Radiotherapy treatment is given in a hospital’s radiotherapy department

  • General information

    Your radiotherapy team

    You will meet many different specialists from your radiotherapy team. You may see them before, during and after radiotherapy treatment.