How Is Radiation Therapy Administered?
Radiation therapy is administered from outside the body of a myeloma patient. This external radiation (or external beam radiation) involves the use of a machine that directs the high-energy rays at the body. Patients may receive external radiation to various parts of their body. They may receive localized radiation that is directed at a particular area of bone or radiation that is directed at a larger part of their body. This type of radiation therapy is typically administered on an outpatient basis at a hospital or cancer treatment center. Patients may also receive radiation of their entire body, also called total body irradiation (TBI) in preparation for a stem cell transplant.