Journal article

High Impact of F-18-FDG-PET on Management and Prognostic Stratification of Newly Diagnosed Small Cell Lung Cancer

Arun Azad, Fiona Chionh, Andrew M Scott, Szeting T Lee, Sam U Berlangieri, Shane White, Paul L Mitchell

MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2010

Abstract

PURPOSE: We evaluated whether 18F-FDG-PET altered stage classification, management, and prognostic stratification of newly diagnosed small cell lung cancer (SCLC). PROCEDURES: We identified 46 consecutive patients undergoing staging positron emission tomography for SCLC from 1993-2008 inclusive. Updated survival data from the state Cancer Registry was available on 42 of 46 patients. RESULTS: PET altered stage classification in 12 of 46 (26%) patients. PET altered treatment modality in nine patients, and the target mediastinal radiation field in another three patients. Therefore, PET altered management in 12 of 46 (26%) patients. Patients with limited disease (LD) on pre-PET staging had signi..

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