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Radiotherapy for advanced bowel cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy rays similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. It can shrink the cancer, relieve symptoms and help you feel more comfortable.

Planning radiotherapy

The radiotherapy team plans your external beam radiotherapy before you start treatment. This means working out the dose of radiotherapy you need and exactly where you need it.

Having radiotherapy

You might have radiotherapy if you have cancer that began in the bowel and has now spread (advanced bowel cancer

Side effects of radiotherapy

Side effects tend to start a week after the radiotherapy begins. Your cancer specialist can help to manage any side effects that you experience. 

Last reviewed: 
04 Oct 2018

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