External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
EBRT is delivered via a machine known as a linear accelerator. This produce high-energy external radiation beams that penetrate the tissues and deliver a dose of radiation deep into the cancerous areas.Contact Us
How does External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) work?
EBRT is delivered via a machine known as a linear accelerator. This produce high-energy external radiation beams that penetrate the tissues and deliver a dose of radiation deep into the cancerous areas. This technology, as well as other state-of-the-art techniques, have empowered oncologists to reduce considerably the side effects of the treatment and improving the delivery of the radiation.
It is typically given in an outpatient setting for about 3 to 7 weeks. EBRT starts with a planning scan, during which the radiographers take measurements and places marks on your body in order ensure the radiation beam will be lined up in the correct position for each treatment.
During treatment, you will be asked to lie on a table and you will be treated with multi-directional radiation, delivered specifically to a tumour or encompassing the surrounding area, including the lymph nodes.
EBRT can be delivered more accurately by using a computed tomography (CT) scan and a targeting computer, this is known as three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, or 3D-CRT. 3D-CRT seems to reduce the chance of injury to adjacent bodily structures, targeting better the cancer area. Oncologists are also evaluating whether higher doses of radiation therapy can be given safely and with better cancer cure rates.
We work together to combine the highest levels of consultant-led care and patient choice with the most advanced knowledge and understanding of the disease and its forms.
Cancers External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) can treat
Q. Does EBRT hurt?
A. No, EBRT treatment doesn’t cause any pain, yet side effects may cause discomfort.
Q. What side effects can I expect?
A. Radiation therapy side effects affect people in different ways and aren’t always guaranteed. However, common side effects people can expect are fatigue, nutritional problems, skin reactions and hair loss at the site of the treatment.
Q. How long will the treatment take?
A. The treatment itself only takes a couple of minutes and will be carried out over a set number of sessions depending on your condition.
Q. Will I be radioactive?
A. No, once the treatment is complete you won’t be radioactive as the radiation is administered externally. Once complete it’s perfectly safe for you to be around other people.