Currently, radiotherapy is a very useful tool for treating cancer. Due to the nature of the radiation, it is not uncommon for strict control of the administration and rules. However, there are no clear rules or protocols in radiotherapy in some situations. One of the newly mentioned cases is the cancer of the patient. After that, he has infected a piece of cremation and radiation.
The case was examined and reported Oncologists team at Phoenix's Mayo Clinic, Arizona. And despite the 2017 event, important events remain.
Radiotherapy days before passing
The case of the patient, at the age of 69, suffered from pancreatic cancer. Shortly before death, the patient received radiotherapy. It uses the name of a radiopharmaceutical used Lutathera (Isotope Lutetium 117 injective solution). The treatment was scheduled and received there Arizona Hospital In 2017.
The next day, a man was treated in another hospital for low pressure. Two days later, the ill man died and shortly after he was burned. However, the staff of deceased hospitals did not know the latest radiotherapy. Additionally, Lutatheran administrator at the Arizona hospital did not know the death of the patient.
The information arrived when it arrived
What happened to crematorial situation did not happen. Therefore, the actual conditions of the body were not immediately known. For three weeks, Kevin Nelson, a radiation security specialist, he studied creams.
When arriving at the Krematorium, Kevin was first checked for the presence of radiation. To do this, using a Geiger counter, he began to measure Nelson radiation in different parts of the cremator. As the specialist hoped, ovens, filters and other creams were contaminated by equipment. The following tests indicated that radiation was a source Lutetium 177 (Isotope used in Lutheran). While the level of radiation was not dead, pollution did not happen.
Alarm, Nelson took samples from local staff. I found it harder to find a job. Some radioactive isotopes were infected. On the other hand, one of the workers contaminated with radiation, but not from the same source of others. The worker discovered a metallic radiation in radiotherapy. This time it was technetium 99. He had never undergone radiotherapy treatment, and had the only chance he had left.
When it is killed, those that do not destroy the radioactive substances are released. In addition, taking into account the formation of thin powder, it is easier to infect an area and to confuse objects and people.
Call for attention
What happened showed how easy it is to infect an area or group of radiation when there is no proper care. However, in some cases, there was a serious risk to workers' health. The lack of standard management of permanent exposure and post-mortem management may result in severe long-term risks. And although this case is known as one of the first known ones, it does not mean that other cases may be similar or not. Considering the situation, the protocols and rules of these cases must be observed.
Original report published in the American Medical Association (JAMA). Scientific information about the Japanese Times and the U.S Food and Drug Administration.