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Radioactive Drug Examples

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Caring for Radiation Therapy Patients

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First Next Previous Lead syringe shield used to shield a radioactive drug.

The photo (left) shows a radiopharmaceutical in a lead syringe shield. Some types of radiopharmaceuticals used for therapies will be injected.

The most common example of radioactive drug therapy is the use of 131I to treat cancer patients. Thyroid cancer patients are treated with 131I, a radioactive isotope of iodine. The 131I is given to a patient in the form of sodium iodide (NaI) salt as a pill or liquid.