Radiotherapy is treatment with high energy x-rays that target the site of the cancer. Cancer cells are more sensitive than normal tissue and the x-rays damage their genetic code, this damage means they are unable to grow. Here at the Royal Free we have a wide range of equipment designed to deliver radiotherapy.
We welcome any comments you may have on any aspect of our service. please speak to a member of staff caring for you or write to the superintendent radiographer.
To find out more about the radiotherapy department please read the patients' guide to radiotherapy , this gives an overview of radiotherapy and what to expect from it.
To find out more about the treatment for a particular cancer please see our pre-treatment radiotherapy information sheets:
The radiographers provide these and discuss the treatment at the planning stage. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have or contact us before then via the information officer.
Please also feel free to get in touch with us at any time after your treatment ends. it can take several weeks (6-8) for the side effects of radiotherapy to pass. Everyone is different and some people take less time than this and others longer. If you are unsure or concerned about anything please contact the radiotherapy nurses via 020 7830 2919 or your GP. Emotional help is available for patients and carers, please contact the counsellors on 020 7472 6739.