- What is radiation therapy? When is it used?
- How does radiation therapy work?
- Do the benefits of radiation therapy outweigh the risks and side effects?
- How much does radiation treatment cost?
- Who gives radiation treatments?
- Informed consent for radiation therapy
- How is radiation therapy given?
- External radiation therapy
- Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
- Systemic radiation therapy
- Common side effects of radiation therapy
- Long-term side effects of radiation therapy
- Managing side effects of radiation treatment to certain parts of the body
- Side effects from radiation therapy to the head and neck
- Side effects from radiation therapy to the brain
- Side effects from radiation therapy to the breast
- Side effects from radiation therapy to the chest
- Side effects from radiation therapy to the stomach and abdomen
- Side effects from radiation therapy to the pelvis
- Taking care of yourself during radiation therapy
- Follow-up care after radiation therapy
- Radiation therapy glossary
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
We have a lot more information that you might find helpful. Explore www.cancer.org or call our National Cancer Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345. We’re here to help you any time, day or night.
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at www.cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (RSNA)
Has a lot of free information on radiation therapy and medical imaging tests, as well as a database you can use to find a medical imaging or radiation oncology provider near you
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Toll-free number: 1-800-227-5463
The website has information on radiology procedures, radiation safety, FAQs, and a radiology glossary. It also offers a listing of accredited treatment facilities.
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Toll-free number: 1-800-962-7876
Online brochures on radiation therapy are available, as is a locator to find registered radiation oncologists
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
The website includes accurate, up-to-date information about cancer for patients, their families, and the general public that covers a variety of cancer-related topics. It also provides clinical trial information and a matching service for patients.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Visit www.cancer.org or call us at 1-800-227-2345. We want to help you get well.
Last Medical Review: 06/30/2015
Last Revised: 06/30/2015