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NCI-supported cancer researchers are developing a new class of drugs called radiopharmaceuticals, which deliver radiation therapy directly and specifically to cancer cells. Radiation therapy was first used to treat cancer more than 100 years ago. About half of all cancer patients still receive it at some point during their treatment. Though effective, external radiation can also cause collateral damage to normal tissue.
Radiopharmaceuticals consist of a radioactive molecule, a targeting molecule, and a linker that joins the two.
See also www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2020/radiopharmaceuticals-cancer-radiation-therapy.
|Topics/Categories:||Infographics -- Health|
|Type:||Color, Illustration (JPEG format)|
|Source:||National Cancer Institute (NCI)|
|Date Created:||October 26, 2020|
|Date Added:||October 26, 2020|
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