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In some cases of fallopian tube cancer, radiotherapy to the abdomen and pelvis may be given following chemotherapy.

Radiotherapy uses x-rays to kill cancer cells or injure them so they cannot multiply. It is usually given in a hospital radiotherapy department. The treatment is painless when it is given.

Side effects of radiotherapy

The side effects of radiotherapy vary depending on the strength of the radiotherapy dose and the length of your treatment. The most common effects occur during or soon after treatment, however some women experience long-term side effects. Common short-term problems include:

  • tiredness, especially in the later weeks of treatment
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting and nausea.

The Cancer Council booklet, Understanding Radiotherapy, has more information about managing the side effects of radiotherapy. It is available free online or by calling the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20).