How does systemic radiation therapy work?

Systemic radiation therapy is used to treat cancer. With this type of therapy, the person with cancer swallows or receives injections of radioactive substance. This substance helps destroy cancer cells throughout the body. Radioactive iodine, a specific type of systemic radiation, is commonly used for thyroid cancer. Other types of systemic radiation may be used for hematological cancers.

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