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External Beam Radiation Therapy

External beam radiation therapy is a series of outpatient treatments to accurately deliver radiation to the cancer cells. Radiation therapy has been proven to be very successful at treating and curing Hodgkins lymphoma.

External Beam Radiation Therapy of Hodgkins lymphoma

  • Radiation oncologists deliver external beam radiation therapy to the lymphoma from a machine called a linear accelerator.
  • Each treatment is painless and is similar to getting an X-ray. Treatments last less than 30 minutes each, every day except for Saturday and Sunday, for three to four weeks.
  • Involved field radiation is when your doctor delivers radiation only to the parts of your body known to have cancer. It is often combined with chemotherapy. Radiation above the diaphragm to the neck, chest and/or underarms is called mantle field radiation. Treatment below the diaphragm to the abdomen, spleen and/or pelvis is called inverted-Y field radiation.
  • Your radiation oncologist may deliver radiation to all the lymph nodes in the body to destroy cancer cells that may have spread to other lymph nodes. This is called total nodal irradiation.
  • Your radiation oncologist may also deliver radiation to the entire body. This is called total body irradiation. It is often done before chemotherapy and a stem cell or bone marrow transplant to eliminate any remaining cancer cells and create space for the new stem cells.

External Beam Radiation Therapy of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

  • Radiation oncologists usually deliver external beam radiation therapy to the lymphoma from a machine called a linear accelerator.
  • Each treatment is painless and is similar to getting an X-ray. Treatments last less than 30 minutes each and are every day, except for Saturday and Sunday for three to four weeks.
  • Involved field radiation is when your doctor delivers radiation only to the parts of the body known to have cancer. It is often combined with chemotherapy.
  • Your radiation oncologist may deliver radiation to all the lymph nodes in the body to destroy cancer cells that may have spread to other lymph nodes. This is called total nodal irradiation.
  • Your radiation oncologist may also deliver radiation to the entire body. This is called total body irradiation. It is often done before chemotherapy and a stem cell or bone marrow transplant to destroy any remaining cancer cells and create a space for the new stem cells.