Bladder Cancer External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
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External Beam Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer
External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) delivers high-energy rays to tumors, using a special x-ray machine called a linear accelerator. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our radiation oncologists deliver EBRT to conform to the contour of bladder cancer tumors.
Radiation therapy is useful for many aspects of bladder cancer treatment, and is often preferred because it targets cancer cells with less damage to healthy tissues than other treatments. In addition, our EBRT technology allows us to monitor the tumor’s position before each treatment, and track if the tumor has shifted or changed shape since your last radiation therapy appointment.
External beam radiation therapy for bladder cancer may be used in the following ways:
- As part of treatment for early-stage bladder cancer following limited surgery (such as a partial cystectomy or transurethral resection).
- As a primary treatment for earlier stage bladder cancer when surgery is not an option.
- As part of the initial treatment for more advanced bladder cancer.
- To help prevent or treat symptoms caused by advanced bladder cancer.
EBRT may be combined with chemotherapy. Radiation therapy combined with chemotherapy may also be given after transurethral bladder surgery to ensure that all cancer cells are eradicated from the body.
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