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External-Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) For Prostate Cancer

What External Beam Radiation Is

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External beam radiation comes from a machine.

There are many safeguards to protect you from unnecessary radiation to the parts of your body that do not need treatment.  All the machines are shielded so that the large amounts of radiation are given only to a specific area.

External radiation therapy is usually given on an outpatient basis in a hospital or clinic. Internal radiation usually requires hospitalization for a few days. 

Daily radiation doses are relatively small to prevent excessive skin burning.

Radiation treatments are spread out over several weeks to give the skin time to heal between doses. The result is less damage to the skin and other tissues while still providing the full dose. 

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