Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer with X-rays to kill cancer cells. In the treatment of Head and Neck cancers it can either be given on its own, before or after surgery, or with chemotherapy
Radiotherapy is given as an outpatient with the treatment schedule varying in the number of treatments given including
The oncologist always discusses the appropriate schedule including the planning process prior to the delivery of treatment. The head and neck nurse specialist is also available to discuss the treatment and possible side effects.
Information about the radiotherapy service at Leeds Cancer Centre can be found by clicking this link
Radiotherapy itself is painless. However, there are some side-effects associated with it and include fatigue, skin reactions, a sore gullet and mouth. The side-effects usually gradually disappear after completion of treatment.
If you develop any side-effects, you should seek advice from your oncologist or lung cancer nurse specialist.