Systemic Radiation

What is systemic radiation?

Radiation is delivered throughout the body as part of a radiation therapy called systemic radiation therapy. This can be accomplished via radioactive isotopes administered intravenously or orally, as well as external beam radiation treatment, which exposes the entire body to radiation. Reviewing the specifics of your disease and treatment plan with Dr Motilall if you are thinking about systemic radiation therapy is crucial. She can provide further details on what to anticipate before and after the procedure.

Who needs systemic radiation?

Systemic radiation therapy is typically advised for cancer patients whose tumours have spread to several body areas or who cannot have surgery or other local treatments due to their condition. In addition, it can be used as an adjunctive therapy to other treatments like surgery or chemotherapy. Several conditions are treated using systemic radiation therapy, including:

  • List ImageLymphoma
  • List ImageMultiple myeloma
  • List ImageNoncancerous conditions such as hyperthyroidism
  • List ImageSome types of leukaemia

The recommendation for systemic radiation therapy will rely on several variables, including the stage and type of cancer, the patient's general health, and specific treatment objectives. It is crucial to remember that every patient is unique, and each instance will have various needs and treatment alternatives.

How is systemic radiation performed?

Systemic radiation therapy can be delivered in several ways, including:

  • List ImageExternal beam radiation
    A machine outside the body emits high-energy radiation beams that are delivered to the entire body using external beam radiation. Although less frequently utilised than radioactive isotopes, this form of systemic radiation therapy may be advised for some patients depending on the particulars of their illness.
  • List ImageRadioactive isotopes
    Radioactive isotopes are microscopic radiation-containing particles. They can be ingested orally or intravenously, exposing cancer cells to radiation as they circulate throughout the body.