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Patients and Families
Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. It can be referred to as radiation, radiotherapy, or x-ray therapy.

Radiation therapy works to kill cancer cells in a certain part of your body and is referred to as local treatment.

Radiation therapy can only be given within the Cancer Care Program in Halifax and Sydney, because of the special equipment required.

Length of Radiation Treatment depends on: 
    • the type and stage of cancer you have 
    • the kind of radiation treatment you are having 
    • how well your cancer responds 
    • how well you feel during radiation

Radiation can: 
    • stop cancer cells from growing and spreading 
    • control or slow down the growth and spread of cancer cells 
    • shrink the size of the cancer

Side effects
Radiation can damage healthy cells near the cancer in the field of treatment, as a result of this, there can be side effects such as: 
    • feeling very tired 
    •losing hair in the part of your body being treated 
    • having skin rashes on the part of your body being treated

Most side effects will go away shortly after treatment ends. It is important to discuss any experienced side effects with your healthcare team.