Unpad Pharmacy Students Successfully Develop a New Method for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

[unpad.ac.id 21/6/2019] The high incidence and mortality from breast cancer in the world has inspired Lutfi Utami Setyawati, Risda Rahmi Islamiaty, and Kevin Reinard Lie to develop a more effective method for early detection of breast cancer.

The Student Creativity Program of Scientific Research (PKM PE) Research Team from the Faculty of Pharmacy Unpad who developed a New Method for Early Detection of Breast Cancer. From left to right: Lutfi Utami, Kevin Reinard, Risda Rahmi.*

The three Unpad Faculty of Pharmacy students were guided by Prof. Muchtaridi, Ph.D., Apt, and succeeded in developing a new early detection method for breast cancer for the Student Creativity Program for Scientific Research (PKM-PE) funded by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in the 2019 fiscal year.

The research was conducted in collaboration with the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) Bandung, assisted by Wiwit Nurhidayah, S.Si, Maula Eka Sriyani, M.Si., Rizky Juwita, M.Pharm., Apt., and Eva Maria W., M.Si.

In the release received by the Unpad Public Communication Office, it was stated that this early detection method uses radiopharmaceuticals – drugs mixed with radioactive materials. The compounds used in this method are 99mTc – α-mangostin & 131I – α-mangostin compounds. These compounds are believed to be able to detect and treat breast cancer.

According to Lutfi, in making radiopharmaceutical compounds, the success of the making of the radiopharmaceutical must be observed. So, a method is needed to analyze the success of making the radiopharmaceutical.

“The method that we develop is a new method based on green materials (raw material from plants), is faster, cheaper, and more effective in determining the success of making radiopharmaceuticals,” Lutfi Utami said.

This group has succeeded in validating the radiopharmaceutical analysis method and satisfying results have been obtained, where the compounds they use are ready for safety testing. *

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Translated by Shabrina Maharani

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