What is external beam radiation therapy?
External beam radiation therapy refers to a type of cancer treatment, which makes use of high-energy rays to target tumours inside the body. Because the rays are so accurate, healthy tissues surrounding the tumour are not damaged during treatment. External beam radiation therapy is typically administered in several sessions over a period of a few weeks.
What types of external beam radiation therapy are available?
There are a number of types of external beam radiation therapy. These include:
How does the treatment plan work?
External radiation beam therapy is planned and administered by a team of experienced healthcare specialists. Your oncologist will explain the dose of radiation you require, as well as the treatment schedule best suited to your particular circumstances.
Before the therapy begins, your oncologist will perform a thorough physical examination. Some imaging tests will be performed in order to define the exact area of treatment, so that the radiation can be delivered very precisely.