What is Yttrium-90 DOTA-Octreotate treatment?
Yttrium-90 DOTA-Octreotate also known as Y-90 is a radioactive substance that can be added to a carrier called DOTA- Octreotate. Once in your body, the Y-90 DOTA- Octreotate attaches well to certain receptors (called somatostatin-receptors) which are almost exclusively found on neuroendocrine tumours. The radioactive Y-90 then destroys these cancerous cells.
This treatment is known to be effective in gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) neuroendocrine tumours such as:
- Intestinal carcinoids
- Tumours of the pancreas
- Bronchial carcinoids
This treatment is also used for other slow growing tumours such as:
- Carotid body tumours
- Medullary thyroid cancer
- Thymic tumours