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Radiation Therapy: Support and Resources

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

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

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. It can also affect healthy cells nearby and 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 (in person or online)

  • Counseling

  • Social workers, case managers, or navigators

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

Cancer resources

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

Online Medical Reviewer: Akash D Parekh MD
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Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2023
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