Radiopharmaceuticals for Treatment of NETs

  • Mattia Asti
  • Michele Iori
  • Pier Cesare Capponi
  • Sara Rubagotti


Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are a group of unusual cancers which develop from cells of the diffuse endocrine system. They are found most commonly in lungs or gastrointestinal system, but they can also originate in other tissues such as pancreas, ovary and testes. A common feature of NETs is that they almost all overexpress somatostatin receptors. For this reason somatostatin receptors have been considered as a target for radiolabelled radiopharmaceuticals. These molecules are constituted by a peptide chain (i.e. a somatostatin-like structure), a partially or totally electron emitter radionuclide and a suitable bifunctional chelator able both to firmly complex the radionuclide as well as to be connected to the peptide chain by means of proper molecular spacers. Nowadays, the most used radiopharmaceuticals for treatments of NETs are [DOTA]0-Tyr3-octreotide (DOTATOC) and [DOTA0]-Tyr3-octreotate (DOTATATE) labelled with yttrium-90 and lutetium-177.


Yttrium-90 Lutetium-177 Somatostatin analogue PRRT DOTATOC DOTATATE Radiolabelling Quality controls NETs 



The author thanks Coruzzi Chiara for the work on the raw material, the proofs for correction and for the bibliographic research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mattia Asti
    • 1
  • Michele Iori
    • 1
  • Pier Cesare Capponi
    • 1
  • Sara Rubagotti
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear Medicine Unit, Oncology and Advanced Technologies DepartmentAzienda Unità Sanitaria Locale-IRCCSReggio EmiliaItaly

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