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Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to destroy prostate cancer cells.

You might have external or internal beam radiotherapy. External beam radiotherapy directs radiotherapy beams at the cancer from a machine. This is different to internal radiotherapy which means giving radiotherapy to the cancer from inside the body.

Radiotherapy treatment

Radiotherapy means the use of radiation, usually x-rays, to treat cancer cells. You might have radiotherapy from inside the body, this is called internal radiotherapy. Or external radiotherapy is from outside of the body. 

External radiotherapy

You might have external radiotherapy as treatment for prostate cancer. Find out about planning treatment, having treatment and possible side effects.

Internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy) for prostate cancer

You might have internal radiotherapy after radiotherapy. 

Radiotherapy for advanced cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill prostate cancer cells.

Last reviewed: 
11 Jun 2019

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