Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Understand how radiation therapy is used to treat cancer

Radiation therapy is one of the key treatments for cancer. On this course you will learn from healthcare experts about how it works, the various benefits, and myths surrounding radiation therapy. You will also learn about the treatment pathway if you’re prescribed a course of radiaton therapy.

Throughout the course you will find clear, straightforward information on radiation therapy as a cancer treatment. Finally you will look at the exciting new radiation therapy treatments being developed as a system of ‘personalised medicine’.

What topics will you cover?

In this course you will:

  • Hear stories from patients who have received radiation therapy as part of their treatment.
  • Follow radiation therapy from a patient’s first contact with medical professionals, through to treatment and recovery.
  • Identify myths and facts related to radiation therapy treatment.
  • Discuss the roles of healthcare professionals involved in radiation therapy.

This course is structured into two weeks.

Week 1: Setting the scene for radiation therapy

  • Patient pathway to radiation therapy
  • Myths and facts
  • Who’s who in radiation therapy

Week 2: Science, managing cancers and survivorship

  • The science behind radiation therapy
  • Treating specific cancers (e.g. head and neck, and prostate cancer)
  • After radiation therapy
  • New developments in radiation therapy treatments

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is for cancer patients who are likely to undergo radiation therapy as part of their cancer management plan. It will also be of interest for carers, family members and health professionals who may work with cancer patients (for instance physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dentists, nurses and general practitioner or family doctors).

Who developed the course?

Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s highest ranked university. It promotes a diverse, interdisciplinary environment to nurture ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity.