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An Introduction to Radiation Oncology: From Diagnosis to Survivorship

Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn


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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’.

The course content is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Portugese and Italian.

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).


  • Setting the scene for radiation therapy
    • Welcome to our course!
    • The patient pathway to radiation therapy
    • Who's who in radiation oncology
    • Next week
  • Science, managing cancers and survivorship
    • The science behind radiation oncology
    • Managing cancer with radiation therapy
    • After radiation therapy and new developments
    • Thanks and goodbye!

Taught by

Michelle Leech


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