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EBRT for breast cancer

Advantages of EBRT for breast cancer

EBRT is often used in combination with breast cancer surgery, to either shrink tumors before surgery or to help eradicate any cancerous cells that remain after a procedure.

Some advantages of EBRT for breast cancer include:

  • It's a fast, painless outpatient procedure.
  • Unlike chemotherapy, which circulates through the body, EBRT is targeted to the area being treated.
  • There is no risk of radioactivity to you or your friends and family.

What is EBRT?

External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is a type of radiation therapy that directs a beam of radiation from outside the body at cancerous tissues inside the body.

How it works

EBRT delivers high-energy rays to tumors, using a special X-ray machine called a linear accelerator. This machine allows radiation to be delivered from any angle and shapes radiation beams to the contour of the tumor.

Our radiation oncologists use EBRT to target a tumor with higher, more precise doses of radiation, while minimizing damage to your healthy tissue and nearby organs. As a result, EBRT can reduce the risk of side effects typically associated with radiation treatment.

EBRT is typically administered daily over a period of six to eight weeks. Each treatment takes a few minutes and is done as an outpatient procedure.