Journal article

The Efficacy of PET Staging for Small-Cell Lung Cancer A Systematic Review and Cost Analysis in the Australian Setting

Jeremy D Ruben, David L Ball

JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2012

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to establish from the published literature the efficacy of a positron emission tomography (PET)-based strategy for the staging of small-cell lung cancer compared to conventional methods, the potential impact on patient management and outcomes, and cost implications for the Australian health system. METHODS: EMBASE, Current Contents, PubMed, and OVID, databases were searched using relevant search terms. Reference lists of identified studies were examined for additional pertinent papers. Literature review identified 22 relevant studies containing data for 1663 patients. Studies were evaluated regarding the adequacy of pathological or clinical correlation of imagi..

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