Total Skin Electron Beam (TSEB) Therapy

Total Skin Electron Beam (TSEB) therapy is used to irradiate the patient's entire skin surface in some diseases such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

During total skin electron beam therapy, the outer 1-2 cm of the patient’s skin is irradiated with low electron beams while the rest of the body is not subjected to any significant amount of radiation. During the treatment, the patient stands on a slowly rotating platform. The radiation beam is aimed first to the upper half of the patient’s body and then to the lower half of the body. Special sensors are used to measure the exact dose received at various locations on the patient's body and sensitive areas, such as nails and eyes, are protected with custom blocks. Treatment with total skin electron beam therapy occurs three times per week, every other day, for a duration of nine weeks.

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Radiation can be used as a stand-alone treatment, and often it is the only treatment needed. Radiation is also used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and other targeted therapies. For example, doctors can use radiation before surgery to shrink a tumor or after surgery to stop the growth of remaining cancer cells.

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