Webmd explains the use of radiation therapy for prostate cancer including internal and external radiation therapy how radiation therapy is performed side effects risks and more. External beam radiation for prostate cancer uses high energy beams such as x rays or protons to kill cancer cells during external beam radiation for prostate cancer the high energy beams are generated by a machine called a linear accelerator that aims the beams at your prostate gland. Radiation therapy uses high energy rays or particles to kill cancer cells depending on the stage of the prostate cancer and other factors radiation therapy might be used in ebrt beams of radiation are focused on the prostate gland from a machine outside the body this type of radiation can be . Radiation therapy can be an effective treatment for prostate cancer it can shrink a tumor relieve symptoms and delay or halt the growth of cancer cells a therapist may target a tumor with an . If your cancer has spread to other parts of the body advanced or metastatic prostate cancer external beam radiotherapy wont be able to cure your cancer but you may be offered radiotherapy to areas where the cancer has spread to help with symptoms such as bone pain
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