External beam radiotherapy treatment

What is external beam radiotherapy?

 

External beam radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation beams to destroy cancer cells. Before your treatment begins, we’ll take some imaging scans to establish the precise shape, size and location of the tumour. If your treatment is after your tumour removal surgery, then we’ll take scans to examine the area where the tumour was removed.

How is treatment given?

Known as a linear accelerator (or LINAC) machine, it’s very similar to a regular X-ray machine.

    • The machine doesn’t touch you and treatment is painless
    • The radiation therapy is aimed at the tumour and a small section around it. Treatment does affect healthy tissue, although we aim to minimise this as much as possible
    • Your doctor will keep the dose as low as possible meaning a lower risk of damage to healthy tissue
  • Some people have side-effects such as pain or discomfort afterwards

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone’s different and your treatments are designed specifically for you. Your doctor is the best person to advise you about the number of treatments. Some need daily sessions over several weeks, while others need fewer.

We know that it can be tough to fit regular appointments with your busy life. So, just let us know when you’re free and we’ll make it work for you.

Find your local specialist centre.

Meet our doctors

Everything we do is focused on designing better care for our patients. With a network of 12 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard.

We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

Meet our doctors

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Birmingham

Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

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Chelmsford

Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

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Elstree

Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

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Guildford

BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3LX

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Maidstone

17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4UA

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Milton Keynes

Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, MK14 6LS

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Newmarket

The Oaks, Fordham Road, Newmarket, CB8 7XN

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Nottingham

The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

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Oxford

Sandy Lane West, Peters Way, Oxford, OX4 6LB

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Portsmouth

Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

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Southampton

Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

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Windsor

69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

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