Radiotherapy for vaginal cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for vaginal cancer

About radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. You might have external or internal radiotherapy, or both, for vaginal cancer.

Planning external radiotherapy

The radiotherapy team plan your treatment by working out the exact dose of radiotherapy you need.

External radiotherapy treatment

You usually have external radiotherapy for vaginal cancer as an outpatient.

Planning and having internal radiotherapy

Internal radiotherapy means giving radiotherapy to the cancer from inside the vagina.

Side effects of radiotherapy

Your guide to the side effects of radiotherapy for vaginal cancer and how to cope with them.

Last reviewed: 
06 Sep 2021
Next review due: 
06 Sep 2024
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