We've created this site to help you understand radiation therapy treatment.

Whether you've received a cancer diagnosis, or are a physician, carer, family member or patient, we're here to help.

You'll be guided through the most common questions and misconceptions about the process for radiation therapy treatment - including:

  • the different types of treatments we offer
  • what happens during planning and treatment
  • side effects
  • and more

We also have plenty of real life stories from patients who are keen to share the highs and lows of their treatments with you.

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We want to make your experience easier

Hearing the words 'you have cancer' isn't easy. We know coming to terms with your cancer diagnosis can be hugely challenging for you - as well as for your friends and family.

There's a lot to take in, and our site is designed to make your radiation therapy experience easier.

You can explore the sections at your own pace, and learn the answers to common questions like:

  • What is radiation therapy used for?
  • What are the different treatment options?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • How long does treatment take?
  • Is radiation therapy safe?
  • Will it burn my skin?

We want to help you understand what you need to do before you arrive for treatment at GenesisCare.

On our site, you'll find information to assist you during your cancer experience, for whatever treatment you require. You can read about what to expect for each treatment type, and the timeline for your treatment. You'll also be given practical links to find the right information and support you need.

Because when there's support available, the future can seem a little less daunting.

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WHAT IS RADIATION THERAPY?
Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill or damage cancerous (abnormal) cells and stop them from growing and multiplying.

It is one of the best-established, most effective and well tolerated therapies for treating almost all cancers, extending lives, and reducing suffering.
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TREATMENT TYPES
Radiation therapy can be delivered:

From a machine outside of the body – this is called external-beam radiation therapy

By placing radioactive material inside the body – this is known as brachytherapy
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RADIATION THERAPY EXTERNAL BEAM
External beam radiation therapy, the radiation oncology team uses a machine called a linear accelerator, or linac.

A linac uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic (electron) particles. This creates high-energy radiation that is used to kill cancerous cells.
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STEREOTACTIC (SABR, SRS, GAMMA)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) delivers high doses of radiation with sub millimetre precision positioning. It is often used to treat small tumours with well-defined edges.

It is most commonly used to treat primary brain or spinal tumours – as well as secondary brain tumours.
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BRACHYTHERAPY
Brachytherapy involves radiation delivered from a tiny source implanted directly into or next to the tumour.

These sources produce gamma-rays, which have the same effect on cancer cells as X-rays.
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