- Radiation Therapy Principles
- 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)
- Safety for the patient and family
- Possible side effects of radiation therapy
- Side effects of radiation to specific areas
- Second cancers
- Other general health concerns
- What’s new in radiation therapy?
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is 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 Web site, www.cancer.org.
Dealing with cancer
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also in Spanish)
Side effects of cancer treatment
Fertility and Cancer: What Are my Options? (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
For caregivers of people with cancer
Guide to Quitting Smoking (also in Spanish)
National organizations and Web sites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
American College of Radiology
Toll-free number: 1-800-227-5463
Web site: www.acr.org
Provides patient information regarding radiology procedures, radiation safety, FAQs, and a radiology glossary, as well as a list of accredited facilities
Patient Web site has a locator of member radiation oncologists. 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 are available.
Offers accurate, up-to-date information about cancer to patients, their families, and the general public.
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: 09/07/2012
Last Revised: 12/18/2012