Radiation treatment

This information has been written to support you during radiation treatment (sometimes called radiotherapy or radiation therapy). It provides information about treatment, practical support and the emotional impacts of cancer.

We cannot tell you which treatment is best for you. You need to discuss this with your own doctors and family/whānau. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you to think about the questions you may want to ask your doctors.

The information is divided into sections:

  • Section one explains what radiation treatment is.
  • Section two covers the side effects of treatment.
  • Section three is about making treatment decisions.
  • Section four talks about looking after yourself during treatment and beyond.

Information is summed up in key points at the end of each section. We have translated our key points into te reo Māori..

For those who might want more in-depth information on radiation treatment we have included ‘The science of radiation treatment’ section. 

 

Ngā kōrero mō te pukapuka nei

I tuhia tēnei pukapuka hei āwhina i a koe i te wā e whai ana koe i te maimoatanga iraruke (kīia ai ko te haumanu iraruke i ētahi wā). Kei roto, ko ngā kōrero e pā ana ki te maimoatanga, ki ngā āwhina whaitake me ngā papātanga ā-ngākau ō te matepukupuku. Kāore mātou e āhei ana ki te kī atu ko tēhea te maimoatanga pai rawa mōu. Me kōrero kē koe i ēnei i te taha i tō rata me te whānau hoki. Heoi anō, ko te tūmanako, ka whakautu ēnei pārongo i ētahi ō ōu pātai, me te āwhina i a koe ki te whakaaroaro i ētahi pātai tērā pea ka hiahia koe ki te whiu ki ō rata.