For the treatment of patients with NET, the radioactively labeled protein lutetium octreotate is used. After PRRT treatment with lutetium you as a patient are radioactive. Therefore certain rules apply, and the admission and stay are different than at other hospital units as well.
The period in which these rules apply is maximally two weeks for adults around you and maximally three weeks for children under 10 years of age.
Level of Radiation after PRRT
When you are discharged from the hospital, you will have a certain radiation level. Before you can leave the hospital, the level of radiation is measured and the total amount of days you will have to follow certain living rules will be calculated. In general, the radiation you send out can be compared to UV radiation coming from the sun. The radiation reaches your environment, but it does not become radioactive. Therefore you cannot contaminate those around you with this radioactivity.
Rules after PRRT
Depending on the measured radiation level, you receive rules to follow at home. When you follow these rules in the period after your admission, you make sure that people around you, and especially those living in the same house, do not receive a higher dose of radiation from you than is unavoidable.
Overview of Rules to be followed after PRRT:
- Keep your distance from family and visitors: at least one meter, preferably more. It is recommended that you and your partner sleep at least 2 meters apart, if possible in separate rooms.
- You should urinate while sitting down (including men). Always use toilet paper and always wash your hands.
- Leave the care of children up to 10 years of age to another person in your household.
- If this is not possible, let the children stay elsewhere.
- For other visitors: keep your distance and avoid direct physical contact.
- Pregnant women and children under 10 years should not visit you.
- Limit participation in public transport to one hour per trip. In a car, you should sit diagonally behind the driver, not travelling longer than 2 hours with the same driver.
- Gatherings where you sit next to the same person for longer than one hour (for example at the theater, at church or during a meeting) should be avoided.