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.
EBRT for lung cancer
EBRT helps to lower the risk of side effects typically associated with radiation treatment for lung cancer, such as difficultly breathing or heart damage.
Some additional advantages of external beam radiation therapy include:
- EBRT is an outpatient procedure. This technique does not carry the standard risks or complications associated with major surgery for lung cancer, which can include surgical bleeding, post-operative pain or the risk of stroke, heart attack or blood clot.
- The procedure itself is painless.
- EBRT poses no risk of radioactivity to you or others with whom you have contact. Thus, as you undergo EBRT, you may continue normal activities with family and friends.