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Radiation Therapy: Support and Resources

Woman with family members talking to healthcare provider.
You can bring family members with you for support to healthcare visits.

When you find out you have cancer, you most likely have questions about treatment.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells. It can cause side effects that depend on:

  • What type of radiation therapy is done

  • What part of your body receives the radiation

  • How long your treatment lasts

Getting support

You are not facing cancer treatment alone. Keep a list of any questions you have for your radiation therapy team. Ask these questions during your visits. Call your team if you need to. 

You can also get help from:

  • Family members

  • Friends

  • Support groups

  • Counseling

Talk with your healthcare team if you need referral to counseling.

Cancer resources

To learn more about cancer and to find support groups, contact the resources below:

  • American Cancer Society 800-227-2345 www.cancer.org

  • National Cancer Institute 800-422-6237 www.cancer.gov

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology 703-502-1550 www.rtanswers.org

Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Online Medical Reviewer: LoCicero, Richard, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2018
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