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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 133-138

188Re-HEDP therapy in the therapy of painful bone metastases

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum Frankfurt (Oder), 15236 Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

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Knut Liepe
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum Frankfurt (Oder), Müllroser Chaussee 7, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder)
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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_85_17

PMID: 30034275

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For bone-targeted radionuclide therapy (BTRT), different commercial radiopharmaceuticals are available such as strontium-89, 186Rhenium-hydroxyethylidene diphosphonate (186Re-HEDP), Samarium-153-ethylenediamine tetramethylene phosphonic acid, and radium-223. Unfortunately, the commercial available radiopharmaceuticals are very expensive (from 1,200 to 36,000€ per patient in Europe). The 188W/188Re generator is an ideal source for the long-term (4–6 months) continuous availability of 188Re suitable for the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals for different radionuclide therapies. Labeling at HEDP, it can use cost-effective for BTRT, if enough patients are available for therapy. And so, 188Re-HEDP is the ideal candidate in developing countries which high population to replace the other agents. Two German groups documented a response rate of 80% without any severe side effects and similar bone marrow toxicity compared to the other compounds for 188Re-HEDP. Using 188Re-HEDP in repeated treatments, a prolonged overall survival of repeated to single application was observed (from 4.5 months for single to 15.7 months using ≥≥3 applications).

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