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Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the main treatments for many kinds of cancer. The services provided within radiation oncology include radiation therapy (uses high doses of radiation to kill or shrink tumours), brachytherapy (placing radioactive material like gold seeds directly into tissue) and supportive care. About half of all people who have cancer will have radiation therapy as part of their treatment.

A team of cancer specialists help support patients during each stage of their treatment. Specialists include: radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and cancer nurses.


QEII Cancer Centre, QEII Health Sciences Centre
Victoria General Hospital Site, 5820 University Avenue
Main Floor of Dickson Building
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7    
Phone: (902) 473-6000

Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Cape Breton Regional Hospital
482 George St., Sydney, NS

How do I prepare for my first appointment?

Before your first radiation treatment, some treatment planning steps need to be completed. A Cancer Centre team member will contact you for your first treatment planning appointment. You will be given detailed information about this appointment and how to prepare when you receive the appointment date.

What should I expect at my appointment?

When you get to the centre, let the clerk at the desk know you have arrived. You will meet with a radiation oncologist and nursing staff. They will talk to you about about the kind of cancer you have and your treatment options. They will ask you questions about your health so they can recommend an individual care plan and help you make an informed decision about your treatment. The care team may take your blood pressure, weigh you and check your height.

Additional Resources

Visit our Nova Scotia Health Authority Cancer Care Program patient information site here to learn more.

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

A physician referral is required to access Radiation Therapy.

Phone: (902) 473-6000

A physician referral is required to access Radiation Therapy.

Phone: 902-567-8000

Note: Brachytherapy is only available at the QEII Cancer Centre.

Patient Education Resources

Radiation Therapy

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This pamphlet describes how radiation therapy works, why it has been recommended for you, and the different types of radiation treatment. Other information like how to get ready for each treatment, how long and how often the treatment will take place, and how to manage side effects, is also listed.

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