Where will I have radiotherapy?

You will have your radiotherapy treatment in a radiotherapy department. Not all hospitals have radiotherapy departments. This is because radiotherapy machines are very complex and the treatment needs to be planned and given by specially trained staff.

Most radiotherapy departments are in larger regional and teaching hospitals. You may have some of your cancer treatment, such as surgery or chemotherapy (or both), at your local hospital. After this, you will then be referred to your nearest specialist cancer hospital for radiotherapy.

You will usually have external radiotherapy as an outpatient. But if you are unwell, or having chemotherapy at the same time, you may need to stay in hospital. In this case, you will go to the radiotherapy department each day from the ward.

If you’re having internal radiotherapy, you may have to stay in hospital for a few days.

Possible side effects

Radiotherapy often causes tiredness. Other side effects will depend on the part of your body being treated.

Who might I meet?

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