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How is Lu177 administered?

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    Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

    Lu177, also known as Lutetium-177, is a radioactive isotope that is used in targeted radionuclide therapy for certain types of cancer, such as neuroendocrine tumors and prostate cancer. It is administered intravenously, which means it is given directly into a vein.

    The administration of Lu177 is typically done in a hospital or specialized treatment center by trained healthcare professionals. The process involves the following steps:

    1. Preparation: Before the administration, the healthcare team will prepare the Lu177 solution. This involves measuring the appropriate dose and ensuring its quality and safety.

    2. Intravenous access: A healthcare professional will insert a small needle or catheter into a vein, usually in the arm or hand. This allows for the Lu177 solution to be delivered directly into the bloodstream.

    3. Administration: The Lu177 solution is slowly infused into the vein over a specific period of time. The duration of the infusion can vary depending on the specific treatment protocol and the individual patient's needs.

    4. Monitoring: During and after the administration, the healthcare team will closely monitor the patient for any potential side effects or adverse reactions. Vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate, may be regularly checked.

    5. Post-administration care: After the infusion is complete, the healthcare team will provide appropriate post-administration care. This may include monitoring the patient for a period of time, providing supportive care, and addressing any immediate concerns or questions.

    It's important to note that the administration of Lu177 should only be performed by trained healthcare professionals in a controlled clinical setting. They have the expertise to ensure the safe and effective delivery of this therapy. If you have specific questions or concerns about Lu177 administration, I recommend discussing them with your healthcare provider or the medical team overseeing your treatment.

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    Targeted radiotherapies are typically administered through a needle or tube into the bloodstream. Because of the targeting compound (for Pluvicto, it is a target for PSMA), the radiotherapy is able to "find" and attach to the cancer cells expressing PSMA.

    This kind of treatment is called "precision therapy" because it precisely finds a specific type of cell and does little to no harm to other cells (unlike traditional chemotherapies).

    Welcome to reach out again if you have any additional questions about Lu177 or anything else!