In the News: Mid April 2014

Department of Energy (DOE) Notice on Germanium-68 (Ge68)

A year ago we asked the NorCal CarciNet Community to join with the board and write a letter to the DOE on their proposal to exit the Ge68 market. Ge68 is required for Gallium 68 (ga68) production which when used with a PET/CT produces improved imaging for those with neuroendocine tumors. In the year since our letter Stanford, UCLA, and the NIH have joined the University of Iowa and Vanderbilt as centers that offer the Ga68 PET/CT to NET patients. On April 2nd the DOE issued a notice that the DOE will continue to supply Ge68 for Gallium 68 (Ga68) generators. This is good news for the NET community as it will insure that the material needed to produce Ga68 for PET/CT will continue to be available as additional facilities start offering Ga68 PET/CT scans. The DOE is asking for additional comments on this subject before May 1, 2014 and we plan on providing additional comments which we will share with our community prior to that date. Thank you for your support on this issue.

Caring For Carcinoid Awards $250,000 to Sloan Kettering for Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) with a New Peptide

This Ga68 PET/CT and PRRT trial will assess the potential viability of 68 Ga-DOTA-JR11 and 177 Lu-DOTA-JR11 as a pair of diagnostic and therapeutic radiopeptides for neuroendocrine tumor patients. To improve effectiveness while reducing side effects, the Sloan Kettering team will employ a somatostatin antagonists (DOTA-JR11.) Based on preclinical data, Sloan Kettering believes that somatostatin receptor antagonists can be more effective and generate fewer side effects than the substances that are currently being used to treat patients with PRRT. To read more about this announcement click here.

2014 National NET Patient Conference Early Registration Ends April 30.

The 2014 National NET Patient conference is in Charlotte NC on Thursday, September 18, 2014 through Saturday, September 20, 2014. A special Lungnoid meeting will be help on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Early registration ($100) ends on April 30, 2014. For more information on the conference and to register please visit the registration site.