DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

Radiotherapy / Radiation Therapy

Radiotherapy uses x-rays to destroy cancer cells. In most cases, the area where the cancer is in the body is marked with a pen on the skin and then a radiation machine is directed at that area. This is called external radiotherapy. It is also possible to have internal radiotherapy and then a small piece of radioactive material is placed inside the body near where the cancerous cells are located.

Radiation therapy can be given as a one off treatment in one visit but it is often given daily (except at weekends) over several weeks and then we call it a ‘course of treatment’. Each session of radiation can be given for a few seconds or for several minutes. The strength of the x-rays that are used and the amount of treatment sessions will vary amongst people.

It doesn’t hurt but people have to lie completely still during the treatment session so that can be a bit uncomfortable if it’s an awkward position. Also, the skin area where the radiation goes through might get red and a bit sore but the radiographer and specialists nurses will help with advice on how to minimize side effects like that and potential other side effects from the treatment.

To help you find out more, we have linked to Maggie’s CancerLinks where you will be signposted to high quality information about radiotherapy.

Please get in touch with us if you have any worries or questions related to cancer.

Page updated 17 July 2017