Melanoma Cancer External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
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External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) for Melanoma Cancer
One of the radiation therapies we use at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for the treatment of melanoma is external beam radiation therapy (EBRT).
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 conform to the contour of melanoma tumors.
Each treatment takes just a few minutes to be delivered, and is usually given five days a week, over a course of six to eight weeks.
One of the advantages of using external beam radiation therapy to treat melanoma cancer is that you can remain an outpatient throughout your treatment. In addition, radiation does not carry the standard risks or complications that accompany major surgery, such as surgical bleeding, post-operative pain or the risk of stroke, heart attack or blood clot. Furthermore, the procedure itself causes no pain, and it does not pose a risk of radioactivity to you or others with whom you have contact.
We offer several innovative types of EBRT for the treatment of melanoma cancer: