Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are radiopharmaceuticals?

Radiopharmaceuticals are radioactive drugs used to treat cancer and reduce the pain caused by the spread of cancer to the bone. The most commonly used radio pharmaceuticals are samarium 153 and strontium 89. Both agents are given intravenously and is used in outpatient department.

2. Is radiotherapy used for non-malignant conditions also?

Yes. It is used for treating severe thyroid diseases and in preventing keloid formation.

3. Will radiotherapy make the patient radioactive?

In case of patients receiving external and internal sealed radiotherapy the patient is not radioactive but in unsealed internal radiotherapy treatment the radioactive material will leave the body through saliva, sweat, and urine before the radioactivity decays and hence the patient has to be careful and follow certain special precautions

4. Who plans and delivers the radiation therapy to the patient?

The radiation therapy team consists of the Radiation oncologist, a doctor who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer. Dosimetrist, who determines the proper radiation dose. Radiation physicist, who makes sure that the machine, delivers the right amount of radiation to the correct site in the body. Radiation therapist, who gives the radiation treatment.

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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