Radiotherapy for skin cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. Find out about how your doctors plan your treatment, how you have it and possible side effects.

Planning radiotherapy

Radiotherapy planning means working out the amount (dose) of radiotherapy you need and exactly where you need it.

Radiotherapy for skin cancer

You usually have external radiotherapy for non melanoma skin cancer. Find out how you have it and what the side effects are. 

Superficial radiotherapy to the skin

Superficial radiotherapy is a type of external radiotherapy. It treats cancer on or close to the skin surface. Find out more about how you have it. 

Last reviewed: 
23 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
20 Oct 2023
Coronavirus and cancer

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