Saskatchewan’s cyclotron produces first radioisotopes for research, soon to start supplying for patients

SASKATOON –The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan has passed two major milestones as it prepares to enter full operations: clearance from Health Canada to begin supplying radioisotopes to Royal University Hospital and the first use of radioisotopes produced by the cyclotron in research. “These are tremendous achievements, for the Fedoruk Centre and our cyclotron team, for everyone who has been involved in the cyclotron project at the University of Saskatchewan and our partners in government,” said Neil Alexander, Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre which manages the cyclotron. “Most importantly these achievements signal the beginning of the operational life of Saskatchewan’s cyclotron, providing radioisotopes for use by researchers and soon for use by physicians to diagnose Saskatchewan patients.” Read more

Are we on the brink of a UNIVERSAL cancer cure? Cutting off key supply routes to starve diseased cells of nutrients ‘eradicates tumors’

The key to beating cancer could lie in the ability to cut off vital nutritional supply lines that fuel the disease and allow it to grow, experts have revealed. They have identified a key supply route that diseased cells manipulate, to obtain nutrients. The discovery could herald new treatments that act to stop the growth of tumours, researchers said. To arrive at their findings, a team from The Australian National University, blocked gateways through which the cancer cell was obtaining the amino acid glutamine. Read more