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Radiation Therapy

External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)

EBRT refers to the delivery of tightly targeted radiation beams from outside the body. A course of EBRT involves several daily treatments (fractions) over a few days to a few weeks. The radiation oncology team controls the radiation machine (usually a linear accelerator) to generate and direct the radiation beams.

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Brachytherapy involves radiation delivered from a tiny source implanted directly into or next to the tumour. These sources produce gamma-rays, which have the same effect on cancer cells as X-rays. This treatment reduces damage to surrounding healthy tissue, thereby limiting side effects.

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