Research team develops PET-based cancer treatment

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Research team develops PET-based cancer treatment

A local research team has developed the world’s first cancer treatment system that simultaneously diagnoses and treats cancer cells using positron emission tomography (PET) technology. PET scans are widely used to diagnose early-stage cancers.

Kang Joo-hyun, leader of the team at Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, said this involved the intravenous injection of the radioactive isotope copper-64, which enters cancer cells. The team will start developing copper-based radiopharmaceutical drugs next year and begin clinical tests, in cooperation with Seoul National and Sungkyunkwan universities.

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