Nuclear Medicine Specialist Questions Cancer

Can nuclear medicine help in treating cancer?

Is there a treatment possible under nuclear medicine for fatal diseases like cancer?

1 Answer

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.