Radiotherapy for prostate cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to destroy prostate cancer cells. It is a common treatment for prostate cancer.

You might have external beam radiotherapy or internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy). External beam radiotherapy directs radiotherapy beams at the cancer from a machine. This is different to internal radiotherapy which means giving radiotherapy to the cancer from inside the body. For prostate cancer, you might have a type of internal radiotherapy called brachytherapy. 

External beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer

 Find out how doctors plan external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer, how you have it and the possible side effects. 

Brachytherapy for prostate cancer

You might have a type of internal radiotherapy called brachytherapy for prostate cancer. 

Radiotherapy for metastatic prostate cancer

You might have radiotherapy for prostate cancer that has spread to different parts of the body. Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill prostate cancer cells.

Last reviewed: 
14 Jun 2022
Next review due: 
14 Jun 2025
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