Part of a cancer cure? Wisconsin doctor discusses growth of nuclear medicine

UW-Madison professor Dr. Steve Cho lauds new prostate cancer therapy, notes shortages of needed radioisotopes

Radiation-emitting drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals, are increasingly used to target and kill cancer cells with positive results for patients.

In July, during an appearance on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show,” the 2023 crowned Miss America Grace Stanke said her father’s cancer treatment with nuclear medicine had in part inspired her to study nuclear engineering.

“He is alive today because of nuclear medicine. It helped save his life, and I couldn’t be more thankful,” said Stanke, a Wausau native and student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.