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Technique that more accurately detects neuroendocrine tumors arrives in Brazil

Tumor cell is derived may be located anywhere in the body, particularly the pancreas, intestine and lungs

 
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Doctor nuclear Vikas Prasad Oncological surgeon Rinaldo Gonçalves
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A new type of radiopharmaceutical (medicine labeled with radioactive material), can detect more accurately, neuroendocrine tumors is now available in Brazil. The announcement was made during the Symposium on Neuroendocrine Tumors Villas Boas, in Brasilia on Saturday.

In an interview with Brazil Agency, the nuclear physician Indian Vikas Prasad, a leading authority in the world neuroendocrine cancer, explained that this type of tumor is derived from cells of the endocrine system and can be located anywhere in the body, particularly the pancreas, in the lungs and gut.

The disease is difficult to diagnose and is considered rare, since it affects five people in every 100 thousand inhabitants. But the cases, according to Prasad, have increased significantly over the past two decades. The doctor estimated that the arrival of the new type of radiopharmaceutical to Brazil is important due to the large population and the availability of trained professionals for diagnosis and treatment.

It is an expensive therapy, but acceptable cost. Why leave the country when you can offer this type of technology here? Early diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer is important for preventing metastasis [more advanced stage of cancer], and Brazil has trained professionals for this, he said.

Until then, the diagnosis of this cancer in the country was done by CT scans and MRIs

Until then, the diagnosis of this cancer in the country was done by CT scans and MRIs, which allow a limited preview of the tumor. Already the new radiopharmaceutical allows a resolution of up to three times better, and identify smaller lesions.

The oncologic surgeon of the National Cancer Institute (INCA) Rinaldo Gonçalves stressed that the new type of radiopharmaceutical allows a more rapid without the need for the patient to return the next day to repeat the medical procedure. The doctor will know how extensive the disease and treat it better, said Goncalves.

There is no official survey of how many Brazilians are affected by neuroendocrine cancer, but a comparison indicates that the Inca accompanies every year, about 500 cases of carcinoma (malignant tumor developed from epithelial cells), while cases of neuroendocrine tumor add up to only 30 or 40 in the same period.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Neuroendocrine tumors    Endocrine    Diagnosis    Pancreas    Lung    Intestine   
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