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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest: Visiting The Royal Marsden is still suspended, but we want to reassure our patients, their families and anyone worried about cancer during this difficult time that we are still delivering treatment - the hospital is open. Please see more information here about how we are keeping everyone safe.

Radioisotope therapy

Radioisotope therapy (RIT) utilises radiopharmaceuticals to deliver therapeutic levels of radiation dose to disease sites

The choice of radiopharmaceutical is dependent on the tumour type. Currently we provide a service for:

  • patients with neuroendocrine tumours receiving Y90-Dotatate
  • metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer receiving bone palliation therapy (Radium-223, Strontium-89)
  • Thyroid cancer and benign thyroid disease receiving Radioiodine treatment

The therapeutic radiopharmaceutical is manufactured either in The Royal Marsden Radiopharmacy Department or off-site in a commercial Radiopharmacy.

For some therapies patients are treated as outpatients and can leave the hospital as soon as the therapy has been administered. However, other patients will need to be admitted to a dedicated, appropriately shielded rooms as they will need to remain in hospital until the amount of radiation inside them has reduced to a required level.