It uses high energy X-rays to destroy the tumour, whilst causing as little damage as possible to normal cells.

Radiotherapy is given in small, equal doses over a specific number of days or weeks. The specific amount of radiation and number of treatments required will depend on the type of tumour you have. More information about radiotherapy can be found here and our patient information booklets are available here.

Radiotherapy is available at The Christie, Withington and The Christie at Salford Royal.

Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of radiotherapy. The Christie is now home to the UK’s first high-energy proton beam therapy service but this is not appropriate or necessary for most types of brain tumours in adults. 

Your doctor can explain this to you more fully and you can read more about proton beam therapy here.