Skin Cancer External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
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External Beam Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer
One of the radiation therapies we use at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for the treatment of skin cancer 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 skin cancer radiation therapy to be delivered from any angle and shapes radiation beams to conform to the contour of the tumors.
Each external beam radiation therapy 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 EBRT is that you can remain an outpatient throughout your treatment. In addition, skin cancer radiation therapy 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.
We offer several innovative types of EBRT for the treatment of skin cancer: