The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer with X-rays to kill cancer cells. It is often used on its own to treat breast cancer but it may also be given together with or after chemotherapy or surgery.

Radiotherapy is given as an outpatient on a daily basis for a few weeks. The exact number of treatments and which part of the body the treatment is recommended is always discussed with patients before starting treatment.

Information about the radiotherapy service can be found by following this link.

Potential side-effects

Radiotherapy itself is painless. However, there are some side-effects associated with it and include fatigue, skin reactions and soreness around the treatment area. The side-effects usually gradually disappear after completion of treatment.