Radioactive Suppositories Were Used to Treat Prostate Cancer in the Early 20th Century
Radioactive suppositories were used in the early 20th century to treat prostate cancer. The treatment involved inserting a small capsule containing radium, a radioactive element, into the rectum, where it would come into contact with the prostate gland. The use of radioactive suppositories was based on the belief that radiation could kill cancer cells, and it was seen as a promising new treatment for prostate cancer at the time. However, the treatment was also associated with significant risks and potential side effects.
Radium is a highly toxic and radioactive substance, and exposure to it can cause a range of health problems, including cancer and other radiation-related illnesses. Patients who received radioactive suppositories were at risk of developing radiation burns, as well as damage to healthy tissue surrounding the prostate gland. Despite the risks, radioactive suppositories were widely used in the early 20th century as a treatment for prostate cancer. However, as the risks of radiation exposure became better understood, the use of radioactive suppositories began to decline.