NECA had a great weekend at the Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine (AANMS) inaugural Theranostics course. It was fabulous to bring Cancer Nurse Coordinators and nuclear medicine nurses from around the country together to gain knowledge in the field of Theranostics, share experiences & network ideas.
The meeting was attended by many multidisciplinary specialists, technicians and nurses with presentations about the effects of treatment in improving QOL and enabling progression free survival to many patients. Most importantly the course provided case studies presentations by multidisciplinary panels. These were very informative as these case studies demonstrated how and why decisions about treatment are made.
Theranostics is now a key treatment for patients with NETs who have receptor positive disease (and other cancers such as Prostate and Thyroid cancers) as it is targeted and aims to decrease the disease progression.
The conference was also a great networking opportunity for healthcare professionals who are at the forefront of Theranostics daily. In one session the nurses heard from NET patient Carole who is currently undergoing PRRT treatment, and how this treatment has been life changing.
This conference highlighted what we what now know and enhanced all who attended knowledge base. Theranostics is the way of the future as more and more benefits and positive results are seen with its use.
The Theranostic Nurse Special Interest Group has proven to be a great forum for nurses involved in the care of NETs patients to network. This group ables discussions about the latest treatments and management of care. To have patient stories and case studies presented with robust panel discussions provided information about the latest in Theranostics treatment.
Thank you to AANMS, ANSTO & Cyclotek for your support in bringing everyone together. This course has provided valuable information for the care of patients undergoing their nuclear medicine treatments. Everyone who attended AANMS Theranostic Course 2022 is looking forward to attending next year!