What is Radiotherapy

Please find below, some videos that may help explain radiotherapy

This video, produced by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with funding provided by their in-house charity Friends of the Cancer Centre, outlines the what patients can expect at Belfast before, during and after radiotherapy treatment.

This video, produced by Southend Hospital, aims to demystify radiotherapy and provide reassurance to patients about to undergo treatment

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists have kindly allowed us to feature 3 videos they have produced explaining radiotherapy to patients. These videos were produced in Australia by The Targeting Cancer Campaign team in collaboration with Tonic Health Media. All 3 videos show real patient stories about the value of radiation therapy and also emphasise the safety, effectiveness, cost effectiveness and sophisticated technologies involved with radiation therapy. They will be played in the waiting rooms of general practitioners across Australia (through Tonic Health Media) for the next two years. You can find more videos and patient stories on the Targeting Cancer website by clicking here.

In this video, early stage breast cancer patient Mary, describes her treatment journey with SD-IORT and the difference being offered SD-IORT by her surgeon made to her breast cancer treatment experience.

This video, developed by Brainlab, together with the American Brain Tumour Association, features information about Brain Metastases and radiotherapy treatment. It tells the story about Brenda, a patient who developed brain metastases and how she dealt with her diagnosis.

The following videos were all produced by Action Radiotherapy and cover a range of topics related to radiotherapy in the UK.

This video discusses the challenges of introducing new advanced radiotherapy techniques


This video details the current government’s policy on radiotherapy services


This video asks the question ‘Why has there been an under-investment in radiotherapy services throughout the UK?’


This video examines public awareness of radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer


This video illustrates what a vision for the future of radiotherapy services in the UK will need to encompass


This video asks ‘What is the Academic Clinical Oncology and Radiobiology Research Network (ACCORN) and why is it important?’


This video explains the genesis of the Academic Clinical Oncology and Radiobiology Research Network (ACCORN)


Helping children understand what radiotherapy means

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have produced a good animated video for children to understand radiotherapy. You can view it here