Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14279/29627
Title: Radioligand therapies in cancer: mapping the educational landscape in Europe
Authors: Bugani, Valentina 
Battistelli, Luca 
Sansovini, Maddalena 
Monti, Manuela 
Paganelli, Giovanni 
Gich, Ignasi 
Flotats, Albert 
Erba, Paola Anna 
Blay, Jean Yves 
la Fougère, Christian 
Van Poppel, Hendrik 
Charalambous, Andreas 
Herrmann, Ken 
Giordano, Alessandro 
Györke, Tamás 
Deroose, Christophe 
Matteucci, Federica 
Carrió, Ignasi 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Keywords: Radioligand therapy;RLT;Education;Cancer;Survey;Training’s gap
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2023
Source: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2023, vol. 50, no. 9, pp. 2692-2698
Volume: 50
Issue: 9
Start page: 2692
End page: 2698
Journal: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 
Abstract: Aim: We performed a systematic survey to assess the existing gaps in Europe in multidisciplinary education for integration of radioligand therapy (RLT) into cancer care and to obtain detailed information on the current limitations and key contents relevant. Methods: A high-quality questionnaire, with emphasis on survey scales, formulation, and validity of the different items, was designed. An expert validation process was undertaken. The survey was circulated among medical specialties involved in cancer treatment, universities, and nursing organizations. Questionnaires (156) were distributed, and 95 responses received. Results: Sevety-eight percent of medical societies indicated that training in RLT was very important and 12% important. Eighty-eight percent indicated that their specialty training program included RLT. Twenty-six percent were satisfied with the existing structure of training in RLTs. Ninety-four percent indicated that the existing training is based on theory and hands-on experience. Main identified limitations were lack of centers ready to train and of personnel available for teaching. Sixty-five percent indicated that national programs could be expanded. Fifty percent of consulted universities indicated partial or scarce presence of RLT contents in their teaching programs. In 26% of the cases, the students do not have the chance to visit a RLT facility. A large majority of the universities are interested in further expansion of RLT contents in their curriculums. Nursing organizations almost never (44.4%) or occasionally (33.3%) include RLT contents in the education of nurses and technologists. Hands-on experience is almost never (38%) and sometimes (38%) offered. However, 67% of centers indicated high interest in expanding RLT contents. Conclusion: Centers involved recognize the importance of the training and indicate a need for inclusion of additional clinical content, imaging analysis, and interpretation as well as extended hands-on training. A concerted effort to adapt current programs and a shift towards multidisciplinary training programs is necessary for proper education in RLT in Europe.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14279/29627
ISSN: 16197070
DOI: 10.1007/s00259-023-06217-0
Rights: © Springer Nature
Type: Article
Affiliation : IRCCS Istituto Romagnolo per lo Studio dei Tumori 
University of Barcelona 
Fundació Institut de Recerca Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau 
University of Barcelona 
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana 
Léon Bérard” Cancer Center 
University Hospital of Tuebingen 
KU University Hospitals of Leuven 
Cyprus University of Technology 
University of Turku 
University Hospital of Essen 
Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico 
Semmelweis University 
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