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Advances in emerging field of ‘theranostics’ are a game-changer Millions of patients around the globe rely on the regular and timely production of diagnostic and therapeutic isotopes produced in research reactors and accelerator facilities. Image courtesy IAEA. Advances in medical isotope diagnostics and therapy are holding promise for cancer patients, despite challenges facing the nuclear medical field in recent years related to radionuclide production and supply, rising costs, and stricter regulation.

Medical isotopes are radioactive substances used in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to treat various types of cancers and other conditions. They are essential for modern medicine, allowing physicians to visualise and target specific organs, tissues and cells in a patient’s body.

Over more than a decade, personalised medicine using nuclear techniques has been gaining pace, allowing doctors to tailor therapies and treatments to the specific needs and physiology of a patient, and to avoid harm to healthy organs or tissues.

According to Sven Van den Berghe, chief executive of Belgium-based isotope producer PanTera, one technique that has seen significant advances is known as theranostics – the term used to describe the combination of using one radioactive drug to diagnose and a second to deliver therapy to treat the main tumour and any metastatic tumours.

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sector-aims-to-tackle-isotope-supply-problems-as-excitement-grows-over-targeted-therapies-4-4-2023

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA's) planned new laboratory greenhouses have recently received pledges of €5.5m from 12 countries. The greenhouses are part of the Agency’s ReNuAL2 project to upgrade its nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. The contributions were provided by Algeria, Australia, Germany, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA. This met the target of estimated funding needed for construction of new laboratory greenhouses, which are necessary for the Agency’s work in plant-breeding, food safety, soil and water management and crop nutrition. The greenhouses were the last major ReNuAL2 project element requiring funding.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-funding-for-iaea-lab-renovation-project-10677116

Ukraine has received a large batch of vital radiation protection and monitoring equipment offered by Australia and France and delivered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said.

Date: Thursday, 21 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-delivers-radiation-monitoring-equipment-to-ukraine-9861624

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (Artemis) team on 25 May concluded a 10-day mission to Lithuania. The team said Lithuania’s national programme for managing radioactive waste and for decommissioning demonstrated a commitment to safety, while also noting areas where it could be further enhanced.

Date: Wednesday, 01 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-lithuania-committed-to-safe-management-of-radwaste-9737973

Lithuania's national programme for managing radioactive waste and decommissioning has demonstrated a commitment to safety, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. However, it noted areas where safety could be further enhanced.

Date: Friday, 27 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Lithuania-committed-to-safe-radwaste-management,-s

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team said on 21 January that Japan had strengthened inspections as part of extensive efforts in recent years to improve its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety. Following an eight-day review, the experts noted that significant progress had been made since a previous IAEA mission in 2016 and also identified some areas for further improvement, recommending measures on occupational radiation protection and transport safety.

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-sees-strengthened-safety-inspections-in-japan-7653742

Climate scientist James E Hansen and others have written to the Financial Times, making the case for the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. The text of the letter, published yesterday, and the list of signatories to it, follows.

Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-EU-must-include-nuclear-power-in-its-lis

Energoatom and Cameco have signed a memorandum of cooperation and understanding as part of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator's strategy to diversify its nuclear fuel supply. The document was signed yesterday at the uranium producer's headquarters in Saskatoon, Canada.

Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-further-diversifies-fuel-supply-with-Canad

Energoatom and Cameco have signed a memorandum of cooperation and understanding as part of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator's strategy to diversify its nuclear fuel supply. The document was signed yesterday at the uranium producer's headquarters in Saskatoon, Canada.

Date: Friday, 23 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-further-diversifies-fuel-supply-with-Canad

Following an 11-day mission to South Africa, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team said on 15 December that South Africa has a robust regulatory framework for nuclear safety but recommended improvements in the oversight of radiation safety.

Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-recommends-improvement-to-south-africas-regulatory-system-5702054