Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
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External Beam Radiation Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is a type of radiation therapy that directs a beam of radiation from outside the body onto cancerous tissues within the body.
Depending on the type and extent of the non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), your personal preferences and other factors, your care team at CTCA may recommend EBRT as part of your NHL treatment.
With EBRT for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, your doctor will first pinpoint the treatment area(s) using a variety of diagnostic and imaging tools to locate the tumor(s). Then, using a special X-ray machine called a linear accelerator, we'll deliver high-energy rays to the tumors.
EBRT allows us to deliver radiation from any angle, and shape the radiation beams to the contour of the tumor. For patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, EBRT is targeted directly to the area where the lymphoma is found, and sometimes to nearby lymph nodes.
Advantages of EBRT for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- It’s a fast, painless outpatient procedure. A typical radiation treatment lasts a few minutes.
- Unlike chemotherapy, which circulates throughout the body, external beam radiation therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma is targeted to a specific area.
- By targeting tumors with higher doses of radiation, EBRT helps minimize damage to healthy tissues and reduce side effects.
Helping You Maintain Your Quality of Life
Your CTCA care team anticipates and proactively manages the potential side effects of radiation therapy for NHL. Before, during and after your treatment, you will receive supportive therapies, such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. These therapies are designed to keep you strong and nutritionally fortified, reduce side effects and promote your overall well-being.
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