Demystifying Medicine Video



Novel cancer treatments are at the forefront of current nuclear research. One such therapy, known as targeted internal radiation therapy, uses radioactive molecules that can target and bind to the surface of cancer cells, destroying their DNA and killing them. This provides an alternative to chemotherapy and radiation therapy which apply toxic doses to the entire body, thereby killing cancer cells but also good cells, compromising patient immunity. Many of these exciting advancements are in clinical trials and are awaiting Health Canada approval.

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