Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Sep 08, 2014

Applications:

  • It is used as a primary therapy for the treatment of malignant tumors.
  • It is also used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
  • Strontium 89 and samarium 153 are radio pharmaceuticals commonly used for tumors that have spread to the bone (bone metastasis).
  • The thyroid gland absorbs nearly all of the iodine in the blood. Because of this, I 131 can be used to destroy the thyroid gland and thyroid cancer with limited effects on the rest of the body.
  • Radioactive phosphorus can be infused into the abdominal cavity or the linings around the lungs to treat malignant fluid accumulation in these cavities.
  • Radio labeled monoclonal antibodies attach only to their specific target, bringing radiation directly to the site. It is also used to treat some non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

References:

  1. About Cancer - (http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/ default.asp?page=166)
  2. WHAT IS RADIOTHERAPY? - (http://www.cancernet.co.uk/rxt-what.htm)

Comments

nizamzualiz Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There is opinion saying Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy treatment are not actually killing the cancer cells but the cells are kept [or maybe deactivated] for a period of time... It will strike back. At that point of time, we may be able to do the same treatment/s, but the attack usually more severe than the first. Possibly, the patient may have no energy to go through the second episode of treatment (due to age and/or tiredness and/or cost incurred). If you are not lucky, the second cancer will strike due to the treatment itself. So, instead of killing the cancer cells the treatment may create second cancer. Appreciate comments please

faranak Saturday, February 11, 2012

could IMRT done near an organ cause the organ a condition that can not be transplanted if needed?

linac Saturday, July 17, 2010

hi!
can i ask what's the difference between conventional fractionated XRT versus stereotactic radiosurgery vs external beam radiation therapy?

ahpeng Friday, April 16, 2010

My skin is itchy and scratches now and then please advise

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