Coronavirus and cancer

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Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for lung cancer. 

Planning radiotherapy

The radiotherapy team plan your external beam radiotherapy before you start treatment. 

Radiotherapy for non small cell lung cancer

Radiotherapy can be used to treat non small cell lung cancer. You have it in the hospital radiotherapy department. 

Radiotherapy for small cell lung cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. It is sometimes given in combination with chemotherapy for small cell lung cancer. 

Side effects of radiotherapy

Radiotherapy to the lung can cause side effects such as tiredness, sore skin and a cough. 

Radiotherapy to the brain

For small cell lung cancer, doctors sometimes use radiotherapy to the brain to kill any cancer cells that might have spread there.

Last reviewed: 
06 Nov 2019

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