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Radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

Radiotherapy uses radiation, usually x-rays, to kill cancer cells. It is the main type of treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer. 

Radiotherapy treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer

You might have radiotherapy on its own or with chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy) to treat nasopharyngeal cancer.

Planning radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

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

External radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

External radiotherapy is the most common type of radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer. A large machine aims the radiation beams at the cancer.

Internal radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

Find out how a small metal implant that gives off radiation is used for internal radiotherapy.

Side effects of radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

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: 
12 Feb 2021
Next review due: 
12 Feb 2024
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