What are alternatives to external beam radiation therapy?

Alternatives to external beam radiation therapy may include:
  • Watching and waiting (no treatment)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Medication that affects hormones
  • Brachytherapy (radiation put into your body, rather than aimed at you from outside your body)
Based on your type of cancer and how it affects you, your doctor may combine several treatments.

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