Radiotherapy is a common treatment for brain and spinal cord tumours. It uses high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. 

For brain and spinal cord tumours, you usually have external radiotherapy. This means using radiation from a machine to destroy the cancer. There are different types of external radiotherapy. The most common type is called conformal radiotherapy.   

Planning radiotherapy

Your radiotherapy treatment plan is individual to you. Your radiotherapy team carefully work out how much radiation you need and exactly where you need it. 

Radiotherapy treatment

Find out when you have radiotherapy and the types of radiotherapy you can have for a brain tumour.

Stereotactic radiotherapy

Stereotactic radiotherapy is a type of external radiotherapy. Some people may have a very high dose of stereotactic radiotherapy over one treatment. This is called radiosurgery.

Side effects of radiotherapy

Radiotherapy to the brain can cause side effects such as tiredness and hair loss. Find out more about these side effects and how to cope.

Last reviewed: 
25 Jul 2019
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