JimJimJimJim Posted November 10, 2016 Share Posted November 10, 2016 It was great to catch up with members from South-East Queensland and Northern NSW on Saturday, and with Victorian Members on Sunday. It is always great to be able to put a face to a name. Thanks to Nev Black, Paul Hobson and Alan Barlee for organising these meetings, and to the members, and the people who care about them, who came along, some from quite a distance. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the Theranostics Congress in Melbourne with Alan Barlee and Paul Hobson. My thanks go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), who sponsored a major speaker at the conference. As part of this sponsorship, PCFA was given complementary registrations for the conference, which they passed on to us. Great to meet at the conference: Wendy Winnall, PCFA's Scientific Writer, who asked if our members would let her know of any topic they would like her to research and write a more detailed article about; and Urologist Declan Murphy of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Declan and I follow each other on Twitter. He tickled me by saying "First men go to Jim Jim Jim, and then they come to me!" The conference was basically about using radioactive chemicals which will attach to cancer cells. Low level radioactivity is used to show where the cancer cells are. High level radioactivity is used to kill the cancer cells. Two examples members may be familiar with are: PSMA-Gallium-68 scans; and PSMA-Lutetium-177 treatment. Both attach a radioactive load to PSMA, which mostly occurs on prostate cancer cells: Gallium-68 has low level radiation, and shows up the attached prostate cancer cells on PET scans; Lutetium-177 has stronger radiation, and kills the attached prostate cancer cells. Quite a number of our members have had PSMA-Gallium-68 scans, and three of our members participate in a trial of Lutetium-177. To see what members have said about these, go to our forums: forums.jimjimjimjim.com find the search box near the top right of the page, and enter: lutetium; or PSMA; or gallium. Jim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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