Radiotherapy for womb cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill womb cancer cells. You might have radiotherapy after surgery to reduce the risk of cancer coming back. Or you may have radiotherapy to help control the symptoms of advanced cancer.

You might have internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy), external radiotherapy, or both.

Planning external radiotherapy for womb cancer

The radiotherapy team plan your external radiotherapy before you start treatment.

Having external radiotherapy for womb cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to treat womb cancer cells. You have the treatment in the hospital radiotherapy department.

Side effects of external radiotherapy - womb cancer

Side effects of radiotherapy for womb cancer vary from person to person. Possible side effects include tiredness, diarrhoea, feeling and being sick, bladder problems and vaginal bleeding. 

Having internal radiotherapy for womb cancer

Internal radiotherapy for womb cancer means giving radiotherapy from inside your body. It is also called brachytherapy.

Side effects of internal radiotherapy

Side effects of internal radiotherapy tend to happen about 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. They are usually mild and last for a few days or weeks.

Last reviewed: 
28 Feb 2024
Next review due: 
28 Feb 2027