Radiotherapy is the use of high energy X-rays and other types of radiation, to treat cancer. The organs and tissues of the body are made up of tiny building blocks called cells. Radiotherapy may be used as a main treatment, or combined with other treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy. . Our aim is to provide high standards of care for all our patients and visitors. Treatment for each patient is planned individually, taking into account age, health and the type of cancer. Patients with the same type of cancer may not receive identical treatment.The radiotherapy service at Musgrove Park Hospital is operational from Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm (excluding bank holidays). The team comprises radiographers, assistant practitioners, physicists and dosimetrists. Overarching medical leadership is provided by consultants in clinical oncology.Radiotherapy is delivered by therapy radiographers on a treatment machine called a linear accelerator. You will see your radiographers at each treatment session and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
External beam radiotherapy
External beam radiotherapy uses electrical machines to produce X-ray (or electron) beams. The beam is directed to the part of the body that needs to be treated. External beam radiotherapy does not make you radioactive and it is perfectly safe for you to be with other people, including children, throughout your treatment course.
Patient information service
Our patient information service provides information about cancer for patients and their relatives. There is a wide selection of patient information in the form of booklets, CDs and DVDs.

We have patient information booklets that discuss treatments tailored to particular types of cancer. We also have a range of information about financial support, healthy eating and exercise..

Open evenings - for patients and their relatives to come and find out more

The radiotherapy department holds an 'open evening' on the first Thursday of the month. You and your relatives are able to attend one of these sessions to learn a little more about how radiotherapy works, and gain an understanding of how treatments are planned.Our open evenings will give you the opportunity to:
  • Meet some of the staff
  • Find out about radiotherapy treatment
  • Look around the department
  • Ask questions
  • Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee
Ask a member of the radiotherapy team for further details or call: 01823 34 2933 to reserve a place.