THE LACNETS PODCAST
Episode 10: PRRT (Part III)
ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
How can patients make decisions about where, when, and what kind of PRRT to receive? How does PRRT in the USA differ from other parts of the world? Why does each institution have different post-PRRT radiation safety precautions? What is the patient experience with traveling after PRRT? Internationally recognized patient advocate and President of NorCal CarciNET Community, Josh Mailman, answers ten common questions about the past, present, and future of PRRT. Josh, whose journey has taken him from PRRT recipient to a seat on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Advisory Committee, shares from his years of patient advocacy work in nuclear medicine and clarifies some misunderstandings about PRRT.
MEET JOSH MAILMAN, MBA
Josh Mailman was diagnosed with PNET in 2007. Josh is an internationally recognized advocate for NET patients as well as an advocate for integrative oncology and nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. He is the inaugural chair of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s (SNMMI) Patient Advocacy Advisory Board, a member of The Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (ERF) Board, acting COO the World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy (WARMTH), and president of NorCal CarciNET Community, one of the largest NET patient communities in the United States. In addition, he is a member of National Cancer Institute’s GI Steering Committee after being a member of the NCI Task Force on Neuroendocrine Tumors for seven years. Josh is also a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation(NETRF). He sits as the single patient member of NETRF's Scientific Advisory Committee which reviews research applications for private funding by this 501c3 foundation.
In 2015, Josh was honored with the Warner Advocacy Award, given annually by Novartis Oncology Patient Advocacy and The NET Alliance. The award recognizes an individual for leadership and advocacy for neuroendocrine patients. In the same year, Josh was given the SNMMI’s President’s Award for his work on behalf of patients in the nuclear medicine field. Josh is a former executive board member of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO)and was named SIO Patient Advocate of Year in 2010. Josh is a frequent and sought-after speaker for his passionate and highly informed perspective on how patients can effectively participate in the process of working with key stakeholders to improve treatments and advance progress for better quality of life and eventual cures.
In her free time, she enjoys collecting rare and vintage medical books, reading historical fiction, karaoke and home gardening.
TOP 10 PRRT QUESTIONS
1. PRRT was available for years outside the USA before it was available here. Why did it take so long before PRRT was available in the US?
2. How does PRRT differ in the USA versus in Europe and other parts of the world?
3. Why is PRRT so much more expensive in the US vs other places in the world? Is it covered by insurance / for lung NETS?
4. Now that Lutathera is more widely available, how does one go about deciding where to get treatment? (Does it matter if I get it locally vs a “NET center?”) / Does it matter where you go to receive your PRRT treatment? (Do I need to be going to a NET center to receive PRRT treatment?)
5. Some people are told they can only receive 4 doses of PRRT in their lifetime. What are your thoughts about this? Do we always need 4 treatments? / How might patients decide when to have repeat PRRT versus having another type of PRRT or another treatment? What might you need to consider as a patient and advocate?
6. What is the patient experience regarding traveling after PRRT? (Do I need to worry about setting off security alarms at airports? What about other security alarms such as at event venues or courthouses?)
7. How might patients go about deciding between various PRRT options (i.e. alpha versus beta)? What might you consider as a patient and as an advocate?
8. Some people are told that PRRT should be saved as a “last resort.” How would you respond?
9. What is your role as a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Medical Use of Isotope?
10. Talk a little bit about the release criteria and radiation safety precautions following Lutathera. Why is there a range of what patients are told? How does the process & procedure of radiation safety in the USA differ in the USA vs Europe and other parts of the world?