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When you’re going through a cancer diagnosis, you’ll have many questions – and they often come to mind after you’ve left your medical appointments.

Our ‘ask your nurse checklist’ can help you to remember the most common questions and topics that people often want to know about.

  • What are the benefits of having radiation treatment?
  • What are the risks and side effects?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • Where will I have the treatment?
  • Who will administer my treatment?
  • Do I need someone to come along with me to treatment?
  • Can I continue to work or exercise during treatment?
  • Are there any precautions I should take while on treatment or after treatment?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working? Is going well?
  • What happens when treatment finishes?
  • How long will any side effects last?
  • How can I manage my side effects?
  • What support services are available in my local area?
  • What support is available for my carers and family?
  • Can I continue to work?
  • When should I stop and start work?
  • How will I feel physically during my treatment?
  • What will I look like at the end of my treatment?
  • How much should I exercise?
  • What sort of diet should I be eating?
  • Can I have sex during my treatment?
  • Will my relationships be impacted by my treatment?
  • Who can I call if I have a question after hours?
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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