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Panama City to Host Regional Meeting on Nuclear Medicine for Cancer Treatment

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Panama City to Host Regional Meeting on Nuclear Medicine for Cancer Treatment

Panama City to Host Regional Nuclear Science and Technology Meeting

Panama City will be the host of the first coordination meeting of the regional project RLA6093, within the framework of the Regional Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (Arcal) until February 23.

The project, titled “Strengthening regional capacities for the use of nuclear medicine techniques in a multimodal cardio-oncological approach in patients with cancer”, will bring together experts from 18 countries in the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (Senacyt) of Panama will lead the national coordination of the Arcal projects, with the participation of representatives from the National Oncology Institute (ION), the Santo Tomás hospital, and The Panama Clinic hospital. The event, which takes place from February 19, will address key topics such as the use of multimodal molecular imaging in cardio-oncology and the comprehensive understanding of cardio-oncological diseases, particularly focusing on the female population.

In Latin America, cardiovascular diseases and cancer are the main causes of death, with common risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity. With the development of new cancer drugs, concerns have arisen about the cardiotoxicity of these therapies, highlighting the importance of understanding the pathophysiological and molecular bases to establish effective preventive and therapeutic measures.

The use of multimodal diagnostic imaging units with nuclear techniques to detect ischemia and evaluate ventricular function stands out as a crucial tool in this field. Arcal, created in 1984 with the aim of addressing regional problems through the use of nuclear technologies, facilitates the coordination of projects like this one, led by the Arcal Secretariat in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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