Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is the term used to describe the use of high-energy beams of radiation to treat cancer.

18th February, 2006

Radiotherapy is the term used to describe the use of high-energy beams of radiation to treat cancer.

These beams are generated by either a device known as a linear accelerator or by radioactive isotopes, such as iodine 125, cobalt 60or caesium 137.

For years, radiotherapy was centralised at St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar, Dublin. Patients from Munster received their treatment at Cork University Hospital and those from the west at Galway University Hospital. Those from other parts...

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