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Internal radiotherapy: tackling cancer from within

Anne LI                                                                                     Noverber 3rd, 2017

 

There’s more to radiotherapy than machines that target cancer from the outside. In fact, using radiotherapy to target cancer from inside the body outdates the external approach. Internal radiotherapy comes in two main forms: brachytherapy and liquid therapy. Brachytherapy, which literally means ‘short-range therapy’, gets up-close and personal with cancer through a radioactive source that’s placed next to the tumour via surgery. Whereas radioactive liquid therapy homes in on cancer via the bloodstream. In this case, radioactive molecules leave the blood and accumulate in tumours at a lethal dose to the cancer cells.

 

See original article at: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/10/24/internal-radiotherapy-tackling-cancer-from-within/

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