- How does radiation work to treat cancer?
- Types of radiation used to treat cancer
- Goals of radiation therapy
- Who gives radiation treatments?
- How is radiation given?
- External beam radiation
- Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
- Does radiation therapy cause second cancers?
- What’s new in radiation therapy?
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here’s more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website, www.cancer.org.
Living with cancer
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also in Spanish)
A Guide to Radiation Therapy (also in Spanish)
A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)
A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Patient website has a locator of member radiation oncologists; has free brochures, including specific brochures on radiation for bladder, breast, colorectal, gynecologic, head and neck, Hodgkin’s, lung, non-Hodgkin’s, skin, and prostate cancers
Offers accurate, up-to-date information about cancer and cancer treatments to patients, their families, and the general public.
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Has information on radiation and radiation safety, including short videos and apps; also offers an online tool to find ACR-accredited facilities
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 10/27/2014
Last Revised: 10/27/2014