Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cervical cancer cells. For early stage or locally advanced cervical cancer the main treatment is usually external radiotherapy alongside chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy). This is usually followed by internal radiotherapy.

Planning external radiotherapy

Find out what happens at your planning appointment before external radiotherapy for cervical cancer.

External radiotherapy treatment for cervical cancer

External beam radiotherapy for cervical cancer uses high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. Find out how you have it. 

Internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy)

Internal radiotherapy or brachytherapy is a treatment for cervical cancer. Brachytherapy can be given as an inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Side effects of radiotherapy

Radiotherapy for cervical cancer can cause side effects. The side effects vary from person to person. Read more about how the treatment may affect you. 

Last reviewed: 
02 Apr 2020
Next review due: 
02 Apr 2023
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