Radiotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

Radiotherapy treats cancer by using high-energy rays that destroy the cancer cells while doing as little harm as possible to normal cells.

Radiotherapy only treats the area of the body it’s aimed at. It’s usually given after a course of chemotherapy for early-stage disease as part of the overall treatment. In more advanced-stage disease, it may be used after chemotherapy to treat areas (usually lymph nodes) where there may still be cancer.

The treatment is given in the hospital radiotherapy department, usually as daily sessions from Monday–Friday with a rest at the weekend. The length of treatment will depend on the type and stage of the lymphoma.

We have more information about this treatment.

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Possible side effects

There are things you can do to help manage the possible side effects of radiotherapy treatment.

Who might I meet?

You will meet many different specialists before, during and after radiotherapy treatment.