Theranostics Patient Journey
Embarking on any treatment plan can be a slightly daunting and overwhelming experience. We want to help our patients understand their patient journey and feel at ease with the process. We believe that we can do this by educating our patients and helping them understand each step of their patient journey with theranostics.
What Should I Expect From My Initial Consultation With Radioligand Therapies?
The initial consultation is crucial as it allows our doctors to first assess the staging of the disease. We will also review any previous treatments during the initial consultation and determine if radioligand therapy is suitable for you.
You can also expect a review of imaging investigations (e.g. PET/CT) and blood tests to be done during the consultation.
The entire process will also be explained to you, including the expected timelines for treatment cycles and the expected outcomes and investigations needed.
What Are the Initial Investigations Needed Before My Treatment With Radioligand Therapies?
Our doctor will be present to walk you through each step of the procedure, including any initial investigations that are required. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Full Blood Count
- Renal Function
- Liver Function
- Cancer markers (e.g. PSA levels, Chromogranin A)
- PET/CT study
What Should I Expect From My Treatment With Radioligand Therapies?
During your treatment with radioligand therapies, there are three primary stages that you will undergo.
During the pre-treatment review, informed consent will be obtained. After which, an intravenous line will be set, and the entire process will be re-iterated by our medical team. Some medications may be started before the actual radioligand infusion.
Should you have any questions or uncertainties, do not hesitate to speak to our nurses or doctors. They will be happy to assist you in bringing clarity to any doubts you may have.
The actual infusion takes approximately 20 minutes via intravenous infusion and is typically a painless and uneventful process.
After the infusion is complete, you are encouraged to drink ample fluids and pee as often as possible to clear out free radioisotopes in the body.
You will typically remain in the Nuclear Medicine department for about 3 hours following the infusion. This period allows the radioactivity levels in the body to drop to an acceptable one before you are discharged or sent to your ward.
Are There Any Risk Factors of Treatment With Radioligand Therapies?
As with all forms of treatment, there is always some level of risk involved. Our doctor will be able to give you a better understanding of the risks involved. For more information, please get in touch with us.
How Will I Know if I Am Suitable to Be Treated With the Theranostics Approach?
A discussion with the oncologist or nuclear medicine physician is recommended to determine the suitability of treatment with radioligand therapies. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you have further queries or concerns.