Radiation therapy for primary bone cancer
This treatment uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. It may be used for Ewing’s sarcoma:
- before surgery, to shrink the size of the tumour
- after surgery or chemotherapy, to kill any remaining cancer cells
- to help control the cancer if it’s not possible to remove the tumour surgically
- to help control pain or other symptoms.
How it’s given – Radiation therapy is usually given every weekday, with a rest over the weekend. Your specialist will provide details about your specific treatment plan.
Side effects – These will depend on the area being treated and the strength of the dose you have. Not everyone experiences side effects to the same degree.
Common side effects include fatigue (tiredness), skin redness or soreness, and hair loss within the treatment area. Ask your treatment team for advice about dealing with any side effects.
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Dr Richard Boyle, Orthopaedic Oncology Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, NSW; Dr Sarat Chander, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; James Hyett, Consumer; Rebecca James, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Dr Warren Joubert, Senior Staff Specialist Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD; Kristyn Schilling, Clinical Nurse Consultant – Cancer Outreach Program, St George Hospital, NSW; Prof Paul N Smith, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedics ACT.
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