Glasses for Treatment of Liver Cancer by Radioembolization

  • Oana BretcanuEmail author
  • Iain Evans
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 53)


This chapter presents an overview of existing commercial and potential (non-commercially available) glasses used for the treatment of liver cancer by radioembolization therapy. The chapter explains how radioembolization works and the required properties of the glass particles used for radioembolization. A short description of the properties and method of synthesis for commercial glasses, TheraSpheres®, together with their clinical benefits, risks and limitations are reported. Two non-commercial glasses were considered: phosphate glasses containing 32P radioisotope and borate glasses containing 186Re and 188Re radioisotopes. Their fabrication methods and properties were compared to those of the commercial glass.


Glass Liver cancer Radioembolization Radioactive microspheres Radioisotopes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Systems EngineeringNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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