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Radiation treatment: Video series

There is a lot to learn when you are first diagnosed with cancer and going through radiation treatment. This video series was produced by Cancer Care Alberta with patients and cancer experts. It will tell you about radiation treatment, how to prepare for it, how it is done, how to manage side effects, and how to live well during treatment.

For those who need it, there is an additional video about total body irradiation treatment and how to prepare for it.

What is radiation treatment? (8:17)

Learn about radiation treatment, how it is given, and how it affects your cells. Patients, Gerry and Charlotte share their experiences of being diagnosed and treated for cancer.


Preparing for radiation treatment (6:45)

Learn about CT simulation to prepare for radiation treatments, and what you can do to get your body ready for treatment. Patients Charlotte and Gerry share their stories of preparing for radiation and what their CT simulation experience was like.


How is radiation treatment given? (5:14)

Find out what happens during a radiation treatment, look inside the treatment room, and learn how the radiation machine works. Patients Charlotte and Gerry talk about their radiation treatment.


Managing your side effects (9:25)

Learn about common side effects of radiation treatment, when side effects usually develop, and get tips to manage them. Patients Gerry and Charlotte talk about the side effects they had and how they communicated with their healthcare teams.


Living your best life during radiation treatment (11:27)

Discover the many resources available to you and your family to help you live well during and after cancer treatments. Patients Gerry and Charlotte talk about how the resources they used helped them.


Total body irradiation (6:10)

Learn about total body irradiation, a treatment used to prepare people for a bone marrow transplant.

Current as of: July 12, 2023

Author: Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services