Therasphere is a liver cancer treatment that is made up of microscopic glass spheres containing a radioactive element yttrium-90. Yttrium-90 emits radiation into the tissue within 0.5 inches of the glass spheres. The radioactive glass spheres are delivered to the tumor through a catheter. The glass spheres deposit in the microscopic arteries of the tumor and remain permanently there. The radiation emitted beings to treat the tumor by shrinking it.

Side effects:

  • Fatigue

  • Mild abdominal discomfort

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fever