Department of Health

Radiotherapy is a key treatment modality for cancer. Radiotherapy uses ionising radiation (from X-rays, electron beams or gamma rays) to kill tumour cells.

Radiotherapy is often used as part of a multi-modality approach to cancer treatment. It can be the primary cancer treatment, or it can be used along with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It is used for both curative and palliative treatment.

In Victoria, the majority of radiotherapy services are provided by the public healthcare sector.

Reviewed 08 July 2022


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Data and Funding Support Team Cancer Treatment, Support and Research

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Radiotherapy Cancer Treatment, Support and Research, Department of Health

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