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Course Overview

Radiation therapy is one of the key treatments for cancer. On this course you will learn from healthcare experts about how it works, the various benefits, and myths surrounding radiation therapy. You will also learn about the treatment pathway if you’re prescribed a course of radiaton therapy.


Throughout the course you will find clear, straightforward information on radiation therapy as a cancer treatment. Finally you will look at the exciting new radiation therapy treatments being developed as a system of ‘personalised medicine’.

Week 1: Setting the scene for radiation therapy

  • Patient pathway to radiation therapy
  • Myths and facts
  • Who’s who in radiation therapy


Week 2: Science, managing cancers and survivorship

  • The science behind radiation therapy
  • Treating specific cancers (e.g. head and neck, and prostate cancer)
  • After radiation therapy
  • New developments in radiation therapy treatments

This course is for cancer patients who are likely to undergo radiation therapy as part of their cancer management plan. It will also be of interest for carers, family members and health professionals who may work with cancer patients (for instance physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dentists, nurses and general practitioner or family doctors).

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Describe the role of radiation oncology in managing cancer
  • Identify the steps taken in radiation therapy, from a patient’s first contact with medical professionals, through to treatment and recovery
  • Recognise the roles of the health care professionals involved in radiation therapy
  • Discuss the safe use of radiation therapy in cancer care
  • Explain the basic science behind radiation therapy
  • Describe state of the art radiation therapy, such as personalised medicine
  • Discuss upcoming biological and technological developments in radiation therapy