Radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells in the food pipe (oeosphagus). 

External radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

You might have radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy) or on its own as a treatment for oesophageal cancer.

Side effects of external beam radiotherapy to the oesophagus

Side effects tend to start a week after the radiotherapy begins. They can include feeling tired, a sore throat and mouth, and difficulty swallowing. 

Internal radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

Internal radiotherapy means giving radiotherapy to the cancer from inside the oesophagus. It's also called brachytherapy.

Last reviewed: 
25 Sep 2023
Next review due: 
25 Sep 2026