Patient Brochures

  • ASTRO created the following brochures to help physicians provide information to people with cancer and their families about the treatment options available.

  • About the Radiation Oncology Treatment Team

    This brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand the roles of all the members of the radiation oncology treatment team. This brochure can also be used to educate students about careers in radiation oncology.

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    Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer

    This brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand how radiation therapy is used to treat bladder cancer. It gives information on the disease, details treatment options and lists possible side effects.

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    Radiation Therapy for Brain Metastases

    This brochure explains what brain metastases are and how radiation therapy can be used to effectively treat this disease. The full-color brochure also gives details on side effects and how to care for yourself during treatment.This brochure is also a helpful companion to our Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors brochure.

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    Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors

    Updated in 2016, this brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand how radiation therapy works to treat brain tumors. It briefly explains the differences between 3-D CRT, IMRT and stereotactic radiotherapy (radiosurgery) and includes information on side effects and caring for yourself during treatment. This brochure is also a helpful companion to our Radiation Therapy for Brain Metastases brochure.

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    Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

    Updated in 2014, this brochure contains the most up-to-date information on treating breast cancer to help patients and their caregivers understand their options including information on accelerated partial breast irradiation and post mastectomy chest wall radiation. Additionally there is an expanded area on side effects.

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    Radioterapia Para El Cancer De Mama Brochure

    Updated in 2016, this Spanish language contains the most up-to-date information on treating breast cancer to help patients and their caregivers understand their options including information on accelerated partial breast irradiation and post mastectomy chest wall radiation. Additionally there is now an expanded area on side effects. Sold in packs of 50.

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    Radiation Therapy for Cancer

    Revised in 2015, this 28-page booklet helps patients and their families to understand what happens during radiation therapy. It explains how radiation therapy works, explains what types of radiation are available, suggests what questions to ask before, during and after treatment, and defines common radiation therapy terms.

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    La Radioterapia Para El Tratamiento Del Cancer Brochure

    Updated in 2016, this Spanish language 28-page booklet helps patients and their families to understand what happens during radiation therapy. It explains how radiation therapy works, explains what types of radiation are available, suggests what questions to ask before, during and after treatment, and defines common radiation therapy terms. Sold in packs of 50.

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    Radiation Therapy for Cancers of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

    This brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand how radiation therapy works to treat cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract, specifically the esophagus and stomach. It also explains how radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy to treat these types of cancer and describes how radiation therapy works and its possible side effects.

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    Radiation Therapy for Colon, Rectum and Anus Cancers

    Updated in 2015, this brochure explains the different types of radiation used to treat cancers of the colon, rectum and anus. It explains side effects patients might experience as a result of radiation and offers tips to help patients learn to care for themselves during treatment. Additionally there is an expanded area on side effects.

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    Radiation Therapy for Gynecologic Cancers

    Updated in 2016, this brochure contains the most up-to-date information on how external beam therapy and brachytherapy work to treat cancers of the female genital track and also explains potential side effects. The newly designed version includes a space for patients to take notes or write down questions before their doctor visits. Additionally there is an expanded area on side effects.

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    Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

    Updated in 2015, this brochure contains important information on the main types of cancer of the head and neck and how radiation therapy works to treat them. It includes pictures of radiation therapy to help patients better understand what is involved.

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    Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

    Updated in 2014, this brochure contains the most up-to-date information on treating lung cancer to help patients and their caregivers understand their options. Additionally there is now an expanded area on side effects.

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    Radioterapia Para El Cáncer de Pulmón

    New in 2016, this Spanish language version of the popular Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer contains the most up-to-date information on treating lung cancer to help patients and their caregivers understand their options. Additionally there is now an expanded area on side effects.

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    Radiation Therapy for Lymphomas

    This brochure helps people with Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas better understand how radiation works to beat disease. It explains involved field radiation, total nodal irradiation and total body irradiation, as well as biologic therapies like monoclonal antibodies and radiolabeled antibodies.

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    Radiation Therapy for Metastases to the Bone

    Offered for the first time in print, this brochure explains what bone metastases are and how radiation therapy can be used to effectively treat this disease. The full-color brochure also gives details on side effects and how to care for yourself during treatment.

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    Radiation Therapy for Palliative Care

    New in 2015, this color brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand the role that palliative radiation therapy can play in helping alleviate symptoms from cancer and medical treatments. This brochure answers many of the questions patients will have when considering palliative radiation therapy.

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    Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

    Updated in 2014, this brochure contains the most up-to-date information on treating prostate cancer to help patients and their caregivers understand their options including IMRT, IGRT, SBRT and brachytherapy. Additionally there is now an expanded area on side effects.

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    Radioterapia Para El Cancer De Prostata Brochure

    Updated in 2016, this Spanish language brochure contains the most up-to-date information on treating prostate cancer to help patients and their caregivers understand their options including IMRT, IGRT, SBRT and brachytherapy. Additionally there is now an expanded area on side effects. Sold in packs of 50.

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    Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer

    Updated in 2015, this brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand how radiation therapy works to treat skin cancers, including melanoma. A small diagram of the skin is included to help explain the disease. This brochure was designed to include space to attach a business card and for patients or physicians to write notes. Additionally there is an expanded area on side effects.

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    Stereotactic Radiotherapy

    This brochure helps patients and their caregivers understand stereotactic radiotherapy. It gives information on what conditions are treated with stereotactic radiotherapy, other names used for the treatment and how those treatments are alike and different.

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