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 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 (Xofigo) for metastatic prostate cancer

Radium 223 is a type of internal radiotherapy. You might have it for cancer that began in the prostate and has spread to the bones.

Last reviewed: 
30 Nov 2023
Next review due: 
30 Nov 2026