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What is external beam radiation therapy for cervical cancer?

External beam radiation for cervical cancer uses a special machine outside your body to send beams of high-energy x-rays through your skin to target and kill cancer cells. Radiation may be used by itself or with surgery. A course of radiation treatment may be done five days per week for several weeks. Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, cramping, loss of appetite, skin irritation, and fatigue.

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