Francesca Botta

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Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) has proven its efficacy in the treatment of neuroendocrine and other somatostatin receptor expressing tumours (SR-tumours). Several clinical trials have confirmed that adverse effects are represented by possible renal impairment, which is the major concern, and low but not absent hematological toxicity. High(More)
Radioembolization (RE) of liver cancer with (90)Y-microspheres has been applied in the last two decades with notable responses and acceptable toxicity. Two types of microspheres are available, glass and resin, the main difference being the activity/sphere. Generally, administered activities are established by empirical methods and differ for the two types.(More)
Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) has been constantly evolving over the last decade, providing successful results in the treatment of tumors expressing somatostatin receptors, especially with 90Y -- and 177Lu -- radiolabelled peptides. Recent and/or ongoing studies assure new perspectives to come. Dosimetry represents a precious guide for the(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of the activity quantification of single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT-CT) (90)Y-Bremsstrahlung images and to validate the S-voxel method. METHODS An anthropomorphic torso phantom with radioactive inserts ((90)Y) was acquired by SPECT-CT. Constant calibration factors(More)
AIMS Triple negative breast cancer with basal like features (TN-BCBL) do not benefit from hormonal and anti-HER2 therapies. As a considerable fraction of TN-BCBLs shows EGFR deregulation, EGFR-targeted therapies have been proposed as an option. The characterization of EGFR and EGFR-downstream members may therefore provide important predictive information.(More)
AIM In our multicentric ongoing phase I activity escalation study, (90)Y-labeled ibritumomab tiuxetan (Ze-valin was administered in activity per kilo twice- and three times the maximum tolerable dose of 15 MBq/kg suggested for nonmyeloablative treatments by the U.S. registration study. The radioinduced myelodepression was overcome by stem cell autografting.(More)
Cancer-related inflammation has emerged in recent years as a major event contributing to tumor angiogenesis, tumor progression and metastasis formation. Bone marrow-derived and inflammatory cells promote tumor angiogenesis by providing endothelial progenitor cells that differentiate into mature endothelial cells, and by secreting pro-angiogenic factors and(More)
BACKGROUND We retrospectively investigated (18)F-FDG uptake by the primary breast tumor as a predictor for relapse and survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS We studied 203 patients with cT1-T3N0 breast cancer. Standardized uptake value (SUVmax), was measured on the primary tumor. After a median follow-up of 68 months (range 22-80), the relation between SUVmax(More)
PURPOSE The calculation of patient-specific dose distribution can be achieved by Monte Carlo simulations or by analytical methods. In this study, FLUKA Monte Carlo code has been considered for use in nuclear medicine dosimetry. Up to now, FLUKA has mainly been dedicated to other fields, namely high energy physics, radiation protection, and hadrontherapy.(More)
AIM This paper analyzes the available data on the dosimetric approach and describes the use of dosimetry in the Division of Nuclear Medicine of the National Cancer Institute in Milan. Dosimetry is rarely performed when planning radio-iodine activity, although most of the available guidelines do mention this possibility, without giving any well defined(More)