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      Theranostics in nuclear medicine practice

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          The importance of personalized medicine has been growing, mainly due to a more urgent need to avoid unnecessary and expensive treatments. In nuclear medicine, the theranostic approach is an established tool for specific molecular targeting, both for diagnostics and therapy. The visualization of potential targets can help predict if a patient will benefit from a particular treatment. Thanks to the quick development of radiopharmaceuticals and diagnostic techniques, the use of theranostic agents has been continually increasing. In this article, important milestones of nuclear therapies and diagnostics in the context of theranostics are highlighted. It begins with a well-known radioiodine therapy in patients with thyroid cancer and then progresses through various approaches for the treatment of advanced cancer with targeted therapies. The aim of this review was to provide a summary of background knowledge and current applications, and to identify the advantages of targeted therapies and imaging in nuclear medicine practices.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                Onco Targets Ther
                Onco Targets Ther
                OncoTargets and Therapy
                OncoTargets and therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                1178-6930
                2017
                03 October 2017
                : 10
                : 4821-4828
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Nuclear Medicine (Clinical Nuclear Medicine)
                [2 ]Department of Nuclear Medicine (Radiochemistry)
                [3 ]Department of Nuclear Medicine (Medical Physics and PET)
                [4 ]Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology
                [5 ]Department of Medicine 1
                [6 ]Department of Medicine 3, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Anna Yordanova, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Str 25, Bonn 53127, Germany, Tel +49 228 287 16814, Fax +49 228 287 90 19107, Email anna.yordanova@ 123456ukbonn.de
                Article
                ott-10-4821
                10.2147/OTT.S140671
                5633297
                © 2017 Yordanova et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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                Oncology & Radiotherapy

                theranostics, nuclear medicine, personalized medicine, pet/ct, therapy, diagnostics

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