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This is the most common type of radiotherapy, using rays to target the cancer cells.
External beam radiotherapy is the most common type of radiotherapy. A big machine directs external radiotherapy beams at the affected area.
Different types of radiotherapy allow doctors to treat the cancer more accurately. This reduces your chances of having side effects.
Specialist external radiotherapy techniques are used to treat certain cancers.
During radiotherapy to the head and neck a mask is used to help you keep still so that exactly the right area is treated.
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a treatment that uses scans and specialist equipment to precisely target certain cancers. It is usually only suitable for smaller cancers.
Prophylactic cranial radiotherapy (PCR) is an x-ray treatment to prevent or delay the spread of a cancer to the brain.
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