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What happens during External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) for multiple myeloma?

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During External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT), you’ll be put under a large machine that looks like an X-ray. The therapist will aim a beam of radiation right where your bone’s been damaged or where a tumor is. Radiation attacks the genes in the cancer cells. This either kills the cells or doesn’t let new cells to grow and spread your myeloma.

An EBRT beam can go right through skin and tissues to reach the spot that needs treatment.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide.”

University of Utah Health Care: “What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Support for Bone-Related Problems.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Multiple Myeloma.”

University of California at San Diego Moores Cancer Center: “Total Body Irradiation (TBI).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 7, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide.”

University of Utah Health Care: “What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Support for Bone-Related Problems.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Multiple Myeloma.”

University of California at San Diego Moores Cancer Center: “Total Body Irradiation (TBI).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 7, 2018

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