Effective treatment of cancer using radiotherapy
More than one in three Australians will develop cancer in their lifetime and over half of these patients will require radiotherapy; either as the only treatment used, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Radiotherapy (or radiation therapy) is now one of the best-established, most effective and well tolerated therapies for treating nearly all types of cancer. Constantly accumulating evidence from clinical trials shows that radiotherapy offers clear benefits to patients with a wide variety of malignant conditions, both for cure and for palliative care.
Every patient’s case is different, but understanding radiotherapy may help lessen the apprehension around treatment and help inform the questions you wish to ask your doctor about your treatment.