This information has been prepared to help you understand more about radiotherapy, one of the main treatments for cancer. Radiotherapy is also known as radiation therapy.
Finding out about radiotherapy and how it can affect you may help you cope better and assist you to make decisions about your treatment.
We cannot advise you about the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you want to ask your doctors or other health carers.
If you come across a word you don’t understand, see the section What does this word mean? for definitions of some common medical terms.
- What is cancer?
- Question checklist
- Making treatment decisions
- Looking after yourself
- Seeking support
- Useful websites
- Cancer Council Helpline
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For a free printed copy of Understanding Radiotherapy please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20. You can also download this information at the top of the page.
Each Understanding Cancer series booklet is reviewed and updated every two years or as new information comes to hand. The Cancer Council works with cancer doctors, specialist nurses or other relevant health professionals to ensure the medical information is reliable and up to date. Consumers also check the booklets to see they meet the needs of people with cancer.
Before commencing any health treatment, always consult your doctor. This booklet is intended as a general introduction and should not be seen as a substitute for your own doctor’s or health professional’s advice. All care is taken to ensure that the information contained is accurate at the time of publication.