Alt names: Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy uses powerful X-rays and other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells using a machine called a ‘Linear Accelerator’.
Damaging the cancer cells means that they cannot grow or multiply and so they die. Normal cells are also damaged in this procedure but usually recover.
A number of tests will be carried out to see if radiation therapy will help,including:
Tests are done so that the doctor can work out the right amount of radiation to use, and where it should go while limiting radiation to the bladder and other surrounding organs . The main problem with radiotherapy and chemotherapy is that the rays can kill healthy cells as well as cancer cells.
Usually the treatment is given every weekday for 4 to 6 weeks. It doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t take long
If you suffer any side effects it is important you let your doctor know as soon as possible so that appropriate help can be given.
Click on the link below to find out more from American Cancer Society website.