Radioisotope dating audio

Radioisotope therapy delivers radiation directly into the cancer cells.You are given the radioisotope or radionuclide usually as a capsule, drink or injection into a vein.

It’s also used to treat some rarer types of cancer, such as neuroblastoma (a cancer that develops from particular types of nerve cells).It is usually given as capsules or a drink, but can also be given as an injection into a vein in the arm.Some of these treatments involve a stay in hospital.Radioactive iodine makes you slightly radioactive for a while after your treatment.

During this time, the radioactivity will slowly leave your body in your urine, bowel motions (stools), blood (if you have a period), saliva and sweat.

You’ll need to follow safety measures after treatment and for a short time after going home.