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Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill bowel cancer cells. You usually have radiotherapy to treat cancer that started in the back passage (rectum). It is not normally a treatment for cancer of the large bowel (colon).

Planning radiotherapy

Find out what happens at your planning appointment for external radiotherapy for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer).

Radiotherapy treatment

Find out about what happens when you have external radiotherapy for rectal cancer.

Side effects of radiotherapy

Find out about the side effects of external radiotherapy for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer) and how to cope with them.

Internal radiotherapy for rectal cancer

Find out about what happens when you have radiotherapy from inside the back passage (rectum) and about possible side effects.

Long term side effects of radiotherapy

Find out about the possible long term side effects of radiotherapy for rectal cancer and how to cope with them.

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