Radioimmunotherapy

Definition

Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) is a combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Radiation therapy uses specific forms of radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells. Immunotherapy uses laboratory-made monoclonal antibodies to target and kill cancer cell. RIT has the benefits of immunotherapy the ability to deliver a high dose of radiation directly to cancer cells.

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Reasons for Procedure

Currently, RIT is used to treat lymphomas, but it may be used to treat other types of cancer in the future.

RIT may be used because it does more harm to cancer cells since the radiation is delivered directly to the cells. The specific targeting also means less damage to healthy cells than other methods like radiation or chemotherapy. It is associated with faster recovery and fewer side effects than other methods

Call Your Doctor

Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications, such as:

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea longer than you or your doctor expect Excessive bruising, bleeding, or unusual discharge from the puncture site Problems with urination Excessive fatigue Fever or chills Skin rash Hair loss Skin changes Loss of appetite

If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.

Mohei Abouzied, MD 201603