18 doctors weighed in:
Is cancer chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Chemotherapy nuclear
Chemotherapy is a chemical, usually a toxic chemical that one would consider poison if used in a particular way.
It is in no way nuclear or radioactive. That would be radiation.

In brief: Chemotherapy nuclear
Chemotherapy is a chemical, usually a toxic chemical that one would consider poison if used in a particular way.
It is in no way nuclear or radioactive. That would be radiation.
Dr. Kris Gast
Dr. Kris Gast
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Some specific examples.
I131 therapy is often used for thyroid cancer. Prastascint (Indium (111In) capromab pendetide) is another therapy for prostate bone cancer.

In brief: Depends
Some specific examples.
I131 therapy is often used for thyroid cancer. Prastascint (Indium (111In) capromab pendetide) is another therapy for prostate bone cancer.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Akiva Mintz
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Typically chemotherapy does not refer to radioactive material used in nuclear medicine.

In brief: No
Typically chemotherapy does not refer to radioactive material used in nuclear medicine.
Dr. Akiva Mintz
Dr. Akiva Mintz
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: No,however...
...Nuclear med can be a form of chemorx (see below).
Chemotherapy involves killing cancer cells throughout the body. This can be done with drugs that indiscriminately kill rapidly dividing cells or "directed" drugs that attack only cancer cells that have unique features.Nuclear medicine uses radioisotopes to diagnose and treat illness; ie, radioactive iodine can be used to rx certain thyroid cas.

In brief: No,however...
...Nuclear med can be a form of chemorx (see below).
Chemotherapy involves killing cancer cells throughout the body. This can be done with drugs that indiscriminately kill rapidly dividing cells or "directed" drugs that attack only cancer cells that have unique features.Nuclear medicine uses radioisotopes to diagnose and treat illness; ie, radioactive iodine can be used to rx certain thyroid cas.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No.
Nuclear medicine is the use of radio-isotopes to detect and cure cancer. Chemotherapy involves drugs, like tamoxifen for breast cancer.

In brief: No.
Nuclear medicine is the use of radio-isotopes to detect and cure cancer. Chemotherapy involves drugs, like tamoxifen for breast cancer.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: In a way
It isn't chemotherapy, but sometimes radioactive seeds or implants are placed near a tumor to help kill it.
This is done by radiation oncologists usually. Also, there are some nuclear medicine procedures done by nuclear medicine physicians that help treat certain cancers such as thyroid cancer (radioiodine) and lymphoma (e.g. 90y-ibritumomab tiuxetan). Here's one resource: http://goo.Gl/dsgft.

In brief: In a way
It isn't chemotherapy, but sometimes radioactive seeds or implants are placed near a tumor to help kill it.
This is done by radiation oncologists usually. Also, there are some nuclear medicine procedures done by nuclear medicine physicians that help treat certain cancers such as thyroid cancer (radioiodine) and lymphoma (e.g. 90y-ibritumomab tiuxetan). Here's one resource: http://goo.Gl/dsgft.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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