Is radiotherapy an option for me?

The decision whether to use radiotherapy is made on a patient-by-patient basis.

Different tumour types respond to radiotherapy in different ways so all patients require an individualised treatment plan.

In general, radiotherapy is very effective at curing cancer but it is not suitable for all types of cancer.

Typically, radiotherapy works best on tumours that are confined to one area and have not spread to other parts of the body.

Getting a second opinion

If you are being treated at a hospital which does not have its own radiotherapy service, your doctor may be less likely to consider radiotherapy as part of your treatment.

If you haven’t been offered radiotherapy you could ask your doctor about it. There may be a very good reason why it would not be suitable for you, and your doctor will be happy to explain this.

If after this you still believe you would benefit from radiotherapy you can ask your GP to refer you to The Royal Marsden for a second opinion.

Can I be referred to The Royal Marsden?

If your cancer treatment requires radiotherapy you can choose to be treated by the specialist teams at The Royal Marsden's hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton.