RAD-iation in Cancer Treatment
By: Joey O'Kelly, Lauren Bahr, and Ellie Magera
⅔ of patients will receive radiation treatment.
50% of people with brain cancer and receive treatment will survive
59% of people with lung cancer and receive treatment will survive75% of people with other cancer and receive treatment will survive
Radioactive Isotopes History
“Nuclear medicine was developed in the 1950s by physicians with an endocrine emphasis, initially using iodine-131 to diagnose and then treat thyroid disease.”
These stream injections are the most common.
Brachytherapy pelets inserted into the body
This is Brachytherapy used to help cure Prostate Cancer.
Pros of Radioactive isotopes in Radiation Therapy
- Effective way to get rid of cancerous tumors
- Prolongs life
Cons of Radioactive isotopes in Radiation Therapy
- You are putting radioactive materials in your body
- Kills more than just the cancerous cells in the body
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