Radiation Therapy

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Radiation Therapy which is often called Radio Therapy is a local therapy. A highly specialist piece of equipment is used to direct a high energy ray to kill or at least shrink cancer cells and tumours. The rays are very finely targeted and the dosage finely tuned. The normal treatment requires several weeks attending a hospital clinic at a specialist hospital for 5 days a week.

Sometimes this treatment is used before Surgery to shrink tumors. Sometimes the radiation is administered after Surgery to seek to kill any residual cancer cells.

Radiation is also sometimes used for those who are not suitable for surgery to seek to control the development of determined tumors and to assist in pain control.

Before Your Radiation Therapy You May Wish To Ask Your Medical Team:

1. How does this particular treatment work?

2. Why do you feel this treatment is appropriate for me?

3. What benefits do you expect me to gain from this treatment?

4. What side effects and risks are there of this treatment?

5. What can we do to mitigate the side effects & risks?

6. When will treatment start and how long will it continue?

7. Will I need to be in hospital at any stage and for how long?

8. What effect will the treatment have on my normal activities and for how long?

9. Does this treatment preclude any particular treatments in the future?

10. Is there a better treatment available and could I get it via a trial?


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