Special Issue "Past, Present and Future Radiotracer Techniques: Radiopharmaceuticals in Cancer Theranostics"

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Radiopharmaceutical Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 September 2024 | Viewed by 115

Special Issue Editors

Service Unit Radiopharmaceuticals and Pre-Clinical Studies, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 223, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
Interests: radiopharmaceutical chemistry; GMP production; quality control; automated synthesis; positron emission tomography (PET); diagnostic tracers
Research Group Molecular Biology of Systemic Radiotherapy, Research Program Imaging and Radiooncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 223, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Interests: theranostic radioligands; targeted radionuclide therapies; targeted alpha therapies; combination therapies; molecular imaging; pharmaceutical radiochemistry; coordination and bioinorganic chemistry; radionuclide production and separation methods
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Following its tradition of publishing Special Issues on selected and highly interesting topics, the journal “Pharmaceuticals” is planning to launch a new Special Issue on the topic “Past, Present and Future Radiotracer Techniques: Radiopharmaceuticals in Cancer Theranostics”. 

More than five years ago, [177Lu]Lu-DOTA-TATE (Lutathera®) was approved by both the EMA and the FDA as the first radiopharmaceutical for Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) of neuroendocrine tumors (NET) while joining its diagnostic counter-partner [68Ga]Ga-DOTA-TOC (SomaKit TOC®, TOCscan®). A further success story was represented by the approval of [177Lu]Lu-PSMA-617 (Pluvicto®) to various diagnostic counter-partners like [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 (Locametz®/Illuccix®) or [18F]DCFPyL (PYLARIFY®)  for the treatment of prostate cancer. Both radiotherapeutics are prime examples for the successful application of targeted radionuclide therapy (TRNT) in modern cancer management. 

However, the aforementioned theranostic pairs can only supply a limited number of cancer patients and, therefore, the development of new radiotracers and/or radiopharmaceuticals for various targets and cancer types is further ongoing. Such a developmental chain usually takes a couple of years and involves a variety of different steps from synthesis of the labeling precursor and reference compounds, optimization of radiolabeling and pre-clinical evaluations to the development of automated GMP compliant synthesis and quality control, first-in-human studies and various clinical trials. All these essential steps can be covered in the Special Issue. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Development and pre-clinical evaluation of diagnostic tracers and radiotherapeutic pharmaceuticals·       
  • Establishment and validation of GMP compliant synthesis and quality control·       
  • Translation into clinics: first-in-human studies, clinical trials

Please refer also to the list of keywords.

We cordially invite you to submit research as well as review articles to this Special Issue and look forward to reading your articles.

Dr. Ute Hennrich
Dr. Martina Benešová-Schäfer
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • diagnostic radiotracers
  • therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals
  • theranostics
  • radiolabeling techniques
  • GMP compliance
  • automated synthesis and quality control
  • pre-clinical studies
  • translation into clinics and first-in-human studies
  • clinical trials
  • regulatory approval

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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