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One of the linear accelerator (LINAC) machines used at Ipswich Hospital
What is Radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy uses high energy X-rays to destroy cancer cells by making them unable to grow and reproduce. It may be given on its own or in combination with other treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy or hormones.

The treatment is usually given externally, using an external beam radiotherapy machine, or internally, using radioactive sources.

Radiotherapy can damage normal body tissue near the cancer site. If this happens, side effects can occur. When external beam radiotherapy is used, it is targeted on the treatment area and is designed to limit radiation reaching the surrounding area and so minimise the side effects.

During your treatment you will be cared for by a team of doctors, radiographers and nurses. If you have any questions relating to your treatment, please ask a member of this team.

For further information on radiotherapy treatment and its side effects, please contact the Macmillan information and support radiographers on 01473 704361.