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Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. It is the main type of treatment for nasopharyngeal cancers.

Radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

You might have radiotherapy on its own or with chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy). See how it's used to treat nasopharyngeal cancers. 

Planning radiotherapy

You have a planning session with your radiotherapy team a few days or weeks before you start treatment. Read about what happens.

External radiotherapy

Usually you have intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for nasopharyngeal cancer. This directs a precisely targeted dose of radiation to the tumour. See how you have it.

Internal radiotherapy

For this treatment, a small metal implant that gives off radiation is put in or near to the cancer. See when and how you might have internal radiotherapy.

Side effects

Most people have side effects from radiotherapy to the nasopharynx. See what side effects you might have and how to cope with them.

Last reviewed: 
02 Sep 2014

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