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IAEA/RCA Regional Training Course on Theranostics and Dementias

The objective of this course is to train nuclear medicine physicians with consolidated experience in basic Nuclear Medicine and intends its’ application in, the treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumours, GI and Liver Cancer, Thyroid conditions, prostate cancer and paediatric oncologic conditions using integration of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine techniques in the individualized management of disease (theranostics).

Implicit in the theranostic paradigm is the assumption that diagnostic test results can precisely determine whether an individual is likely to benefit from a specific treatment. This assumption underpins the recent focus on companion diagnostics as an integral part of drug development

The scientific programme consists of the different general and hybrid imaging modalities employed in the diagnosis, staging and management of relevant oncologic conditions with further discussion on relevant treatment options employing nuclear medicine techniques in appropriate oncologic conditions. Participants will acquire skills and competences through this course which will enable them to enhance this practice to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and patients with relevant conditions. Concept in this RTC will include appropriate selection of patients followed by individualized therapy approach based on a multidisciplinary clinical approach.

The lectures will provide basic and advanced theoretical knowledge in the improvement of the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adult and paediatrics. Aspects of brain imaging will be also discussed including intensive review sessions on image interpretations, protocol applications and processing using neuroimaging standard processing tools (Neurostat, others) for dementias.