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SDM: Talking about sharing decisions

Sharing decisions about your treatment with your treatment team does not always happen naturally. There are many reasons why healthcare professionals do not always invite their patients to make decisions …

SDM: Tools that can help you share decisions

In the previous step, you read and heard about ways in which you can start talking about sharing treatment decisions with your healthcare professional. If you want to be prepared …

New developments in radiation therapy

Advances in radiation therapy delivery and technology mean that higher doses of radiation therapy can now be specifically directed to regions that need it. Other areas, where the risk of …

Who’s who: Medical physicist

Another member of the expert radiation therapy team is the Medical Physicist. We are going to meet Daniela Thorwarth, who will explain how her work impacts on cancer patients. © …

Who’s who: Radiobiologist

Radiobiology is considered a relatively new field of science, even though it has existed since the early 1900s. Radiation was seen as a miracle cure and used in medicine within …

Radiation treatment modalities

There are many different ways of delivering radiation therapy (known as modalities), and in this article we are going to look at two main types: external beam radiation therapy and …

How safe is radiation therapy?

As Eduardo mentioned in the video, radiation therapy is a very safe treatment. Radiation oncology departments are subject to highly rigorous safety checks and audits. In fact, safety checks for …

Thanks and goodbye

Well done for completing this introduction to Radiation Therapy course! We hope you have enjoyed this short course and that it can support you, your family or your career in …

Support groups worldwide

In many countries around the world, cancer societies provide independent information, advice and support to patients. When you are thinking about your treatment options, it can be useful to get …

Survivorship

Survivorship is a term that is often used when patients have completed their cancer treatment, but this does not mean that cancer patients consider themselves ‘survivors’. When patients are transitioning …

Follow up care

Yatman Tsang is a Consultant Radiation Therapist at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex, England. He is going to answer some common questions about what follow up care is, and …

Post treatment/Survivorship

Following radiation therapy, together with other treatments for cancer, patients still need support for a variety of reasons. As Donal mentions in the video, these can be grouped into three …

Radiation therapy in palliative care

Many patients hear the word “palliative’ and fear that it means it is the end of their life. However, palliative radiation therapy refers to the therapy which can bring relief …