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Bruce J. Barron

Nuclear Medicine Specialist

Dr. Bruce J. Barron is a top Nuclear Medicine Specialist in Dunwoody, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Bruce J. Barron is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Bruce J. Barron is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Bruce J. Barron is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Dunwoody, Georgia, Dr. Bruce J. Barron is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Bruce J. Barron
  • Dunwoody, Georgia
  • University of South Florida College of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Can nuclear medicine help in treating cancer?

Nuclear medicine has long been able to treat certain cancers with radioisotopes. The old standard is using radioiodine to treat thyroid cancer. We also use radiolabeled beads to READ MORE
Nuclear medicine has long been able to treat certain cancers with radioisotopes. The old standard is using radioiodine to treat thyroid cancer. We also use radiolabeled beads to infuse into liver tumors, with some degree of success. Recently radiolabeled receptor agents have been used to treat neuroendocrine tumors with some success. Newer cancer agents commune and immune stimulating factor with a chemotherapy agent. Some are tagged with a therapeutic radioisotope. With the exceptions listed above, other nuclear medicine therapies are often non-specific and can kill normal tissue as well. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet.

How is nuclear medicine used to treat thyroid cancer?

Radioactive iodine is the ideal therapeutic agent for well differentiated thyroid cancer. The iodine (I-131) is administered as a capsule. The iodine goes to the thyroid (normal READ MORE
Radioactive iodine is the ideal therapeutic agent for well differentiated thyroid cancer. The iodine (I-131) is administered as a capsule. The iodine goes to the thyroid (normal and cancerous) and kills the cells. The dose of I-131 is dependent on the specifics of the tumor and whether or not there is metastatic disease elsewhere. After thyroidectomy, thyroid hormone is suspended for a while or the patient may receive two intramuscular injections of a thyroid stimulating hormone. A small dose of I-131 is administered to see how much and where thyroid tissue is left. After receiving radioactive iodine, there are some quarantine issues to prevent exposure to others.

What is the radioactive iodine therapy and under what cases is it normally recommended?

Radioactive iodine (I-131) is a beta emitter and when taken up preferentially by the thyroid gland or cancer kills the cells. It is a useful treatment if the cancer is well differentiated. READ MORE
Radioactive iodine (I-131) is a beta emitter and when taken up preferentially by the thyroid gland or cancer kills the cells. It is a useful treatment if the cancer is well differentiated. Dose depends on specifics of tumor histology, presence of normal thyroid, or distal metastatic disease.

Using radiation with prostate cancer

Radioactive seeds are placed into the prostate gland where the emit their radiation. They remain in the gland after the radiation if finished. If possible, a better option might READ MORE
Radioactive seeds are placed into the prostate gland where the emit their radiation. They remain in the gland after the radiation if finished. If possible, a better option might be IMRT or directed radiation to the prostate from an external beam. This requires up to 30 visits for treatments. Side effects include those related to colon and bladder. He should also have a baseline bone scan.