The Role of Nuclear Medicine Department in Fighting Diseases like Cancer

The nuclear medicine department in any health centre focuses on the use of radiopharmaceuticals in the diagnosis, therapy, as well as research in various diseases. This technique of radiotherapy has been found to be very useful in the treatment of diseases like cancer. The nuclear medicine department focuses on providing unique information by investigating the subjects of tumor biology and metabolism. In many cases the nuclear medicine department works in synergy with other clinical units to provide data for numerous research projects.

Some of the areas that the nuclear medicine departments in various health care centers are trying to develop further are:

  1. The use of radiopharmaceuticals in functional imaging to develop drugs and also in monitoring the response of the tumor to the therapy at a very early stage. The use of cyclotron and radiochemistry with the new and existing PET and SPECT tracers is being actively researched upon in many of the research centers.
  1. The recent advances in the field have resulted in an increase in the range of radionuclide therapies being offered. In addition to the current treatments the potential of the new techniques is being assessed. Many nuclear medicine departments had participated in the use of the new radioactive peptide in order to treat the neuroendocrine tumors in the year 2006.
  1. Majority of the nuclear medicine departments have realized the benefits of the combination of the technical, clinical, as well as scientific expertise in the radioisotope medicine.
Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases in the world today. The nuclear medicine would play an important role in eradicating this disease from amongst us. A significant effort would be required from the nuclear medicine departments in various health care centers to come together and find newer and better methods of combating this disease.
 


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