Benefits and

Radiation therapy is a highly effective cancer treatment with wide-ranging uses.

For many people with cancer radiation therapy leads to cure, either alone or with other treatments. For people with advanced cancer, it can be used to help symptoms and improve quality of life.

Radiation therapy is a highly targeted treatment, which allows radiation oncologists to kill cancer cells while protecting healthy body parts. Treating teams can use radiation therapy in nearly every cancer type.

For many common cancers, such asbreast cancer, bowel cancer, uterine cancer, skin cancers and prostate cancer, radiation therapy is highly effective in reducing the risk of cancer recurrence if delivered either before or after surgery. In some cancers, for example prostate, head and neck, bladder, lung, cervical and skin cancers, radiation therapy, with or without drug therapy, can be used as the main treatment and avoids the need for doctors to operate and remove organs.

For some advanced cancers, radiation therapy is very effective for pain and other problems caused by cancer, such as bleeding from the lung or bladder. For example, pain in the bones from the spread of cancer can be improved and sometimes removed in around 75% of patients.

Advances in radiation therapy have made life better for people with cancer by making radiation therapy quicker, and more accurate, which has significantly reduced side effects.

Further Information
You can ask your Surgeon or General Practitioner for a referral to a Radiation Oncologist for a discussion about whether radiation therapy is a suitable treatment option for you.

Radiation Oncologist

The best person to talk to is a radiation oncologist. You can ask your doctor for a referral to find out if radiation treatment is right for you.

GPs and Health Professionals

Information for any health professional involved in a patient's cancer care with a particular focus on primary care providers.

Talking to Your Doctor

Your GP or other doctors in the cancer team can organise a referral to a radiation oncologist.

Treatment Centres

Search and find your closest Radiation Oncology Treatment Centre.

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