External beam radiotherapy explained

This is the most common type of radiotherapy, using rays to target the cancer cells.

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    What is external beam radiotherapy?

    External beam radiotherapy is the most common type of radiotherapy. A big machine directs external radiotherapy beams at the affected area.

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    Types of external beam radiotherapy

    Different types of radiotherapy allow doctors to treat the cancer more accurately. This reduces your chances of having side effects.

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    Making a radiotherapy mask

    During radiotherapy to the head and neck a mask is used to help you keep still so that exactly the right area is treated.