Radioactive liquid treatment

Radioactive liquid treatments are used for some types of cancer. You might have them as a drink, capsules or as an injection. They are also known as radioisotopes or radionuclides. Find out about the different types and how you have them.

Radioactive iodine therapy

Radioactive iodine therapy is a type of internal radiotherapy treatment for thyroid cancer. Read about how it works and radiation safety. 

Radioactive strontium therapy

Radioactive strontium therapy can treat cancers that have spread to the bone. You have it as an injection. Read about possible safety precautions. 

Radioactive phosphorus therapy

Radioactive phosphorus (P-32) is a type of internal radiotherapy and is a treatment for some blood disorders, such as polycythaemia vera and essential thrombocythaemia (ET). 

Radium 223 therapy (Xofigo)

Radium 223 is a type of internal radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. 

Last reviewed: 
09 Nov 2020
Next review due: 
09 Nov 2023
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