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What is external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

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External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) delivers radiation from a machine called a linear accelerator. You may get this type of treatment if you have early-stage prostate cancer that hasn't spread. Doctors also use it along with other treatments for later-stage cancer, after surgery to help prevent your cancer from coming back, after surgery if your cancer has already returned, or to help reduce symptoms of cancer that has spread beyond the prostate.

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Mayo Clinic: “External beam radiation for prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: “What to Expect When Getting Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Radiation Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “External beam radiation for prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: “What to Expect When Getting Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Radiation Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 20, 2019

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