SQCCCRC Introduces Revolutionary Theranostics Program Utilizing Nuclear Medicine Technologies for Precision Cancer Treatment
Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre (SQCCCRC), a prominent figure in cancer care, has unveiled a groundbreaking advancement in the country: the Lutetium-177 (Lu-177) PSMA radionuclide therapy. This introduction expands its Theranostics Program, fundamentally reshaping the landscape of oncology treatment nationwide.
The inaugural patient has successfully undergone the initial cycle of Lutetium-177 (177 Lu) Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) therapy, administered by the Nuclear Medicine team at SQCCCRC.
Dr. Khulood Al-Riyami, head of the Nuclear Medicine section at SQCCCRC, elaborates: “This treatment option is typically reserved for prostate cancer patients with extensive disease who have shown no response to other treatments like androgen deprivation therapy and chemotherapy.
She further explains: “The therapy aims to alleviate symptoms and stabilize the disease, thereby enhancing the patient’s quality of life.”
The treatment involves a radioactive component (177 Lu) combined with a peptide (PSMA) that specifically targets prostate cancer cells, inducing radioactive damage and impeding their growth, occasionally leading to cell death.
SQCCCRC’s Theranostics Program, blending cutting-edge technology and interdisciplinary expertise to offer tailored treatment options, represents a significant stride in the field of oncology. This program employs a theranostics approach that integrates nuclear medicine tools innovatively to optimize cancer management by precisely targeting radioactive medicine while minimizing harm to adjacent healthy tissues.
Dr. Rashid Al Sukaitti, head of the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine department, remarks: “Many patients will no longer need to seek treatment abroad, marking a pivotal achievement for the Nuclear Medicine section. A multidisciplinary team comprising nuclear medicine physicians, technical experts, medical physicists, oncology consultants, and nursing teams collaborated to ensure the highest standard of medical care for patients.”
Expressing enthusiasm for the launch of 177Lu therapies, Dr. Khulood Al-Riyami added: “We are excited to introduce 177LuPSMA to the Theranostics Program—an unparalleled approach merging diagnostics, therapeutics, and the capabilities of nuclear medicine, unlocking new avenues in cancer treatment. We aim to extend Lutetium-177-based therapy to patients with conditions such as neuroendocrine tumors in the near future.”
SQCCCRC reaffirms its commitment to enhancing cancer care and providing groundbreaking solutions within their communities through the expansion of the Theranostics Program. This initiative underscores the organization’s dedication to advancing scientific breakthroughs while delivering patient-centric, empathetic care.