February 4: world cancer day

4 February 2021

Every year on February 4, the world pays attention to cancer, a disease that 1 in 3 Dutch people will be confronted with at some point. We questioned Marnix Lam, head of Nuclear Medicine at UMC Utrecht and professor of Nuclear Medicine, about the development of medical isotopes and the importance of their availability.

“In recent years, as nuclear physicians, we have been working with more and more radioactive substances. The number of different possibilities offered by radioactive medicines has increased enormously. It is therefore logical that the supply of medical isotopes is crucial. And for that you need a reactor. Especially when you realize that the demand for medical isotopes will only increase in the coming years.”