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EPISODE 8: PRRT (PART 1)




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Listen to Episode 9: PRRT (Part Two) with the Director of Nuclear Medicine of UCLA Health >>


Listen to Episode 10: PRRT (Part Three) with Josh Mailman >>


 

ABOUT THIS EPISODE


Curious about PRRT? Wondering what a PRRT day looks like, what side effects you might experience, and what precautions you should take? NET expert and Administrative Nurse Lindy Gardner of UCLA Health answers 10 common questions about the before, during and after of PRRT. Lindy explains how to prepare for your treatment day, what to expect on the day of the treatment, and radiation precautions following PRRT including travel, vaccinations, and fertility and breastfeeding recommendations.







 

MEET LINDY GARDNER, MSN


Lindy Gardner, MSN is the lead nurse for the UCLA Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) program. She is one of the authors of the NANETS/SNMMI Procedure Standard for Somatostatin Receptor–Based Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy with 177Lu-DOTATATE. Lindy earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Dundee University Scotland.





 

TOP 10 PRRT QUESTIONS


1. What can I expect on the day of PRRT infusion? What is the day like and what side effects might I experience?

2. What do I need to do to prepare for PRRT? Can I eat and drink normally the day of the treatment

 

3. What are the side effects after PRRT and how are they managed?

4. How concerned should I be about the radiation I’m receiving and the long-term effects?

5. What precautions should be taken, especially with small children or pets or others in the house that might be immunocompromised?

6.  Does PRRT affect fertility and are there issues with pregnancy or breastfeeding after getting PRRT?

 

7. How should I travel home? Do I need to sit in the back seat of the car?

 

8. How soon can one travel after PRRT? In particular, when can one get on a plane?

 

9. Do I need to sleep in a separate bed and if so, how long?

 

10. Am I immunocompromised after my PRRT treatment? Do I need to avoid getting vaccines and am I more susceptible to bacteria and viruses?


 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


Read the LACNETS Blog Post "These Four Letters: PRRT" >>


 

DISCLAIMER


LACNETS Podcasts are created for educational purposes only and do not substitute for medical advice. The views shared in this Podcast are the personal opinions of the experts and do not necessarily reflect the views of LACNETS. Please contact your medical team with questions or concerns about your individual care or treatment.

 

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