Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells in the food pipe (oeosphageal cancer). Find out about how your doctors plan your treatment, how you have it and possible side effects

Radiotherapy for early stage cancer

Early stage cancer means your oesophageal cancer hasn't spread. You might have external beam radiotherapy for early stage cancer.

Radiotherapy for advanced cancer

Advanced stage means your oesophageal cancer has spread. External and internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy) can help to control your cancer and reduce symptoms.

About chemoradiotherapy

Chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy is called chemoradiotherapy. You might have it on its own as your main treatment, or before surgery.
Last reviewed: 
11 Oct 2019
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