FDG-PET shows promise for planning merkel cell carcinoma treatment

08/14/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

A study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine found FDG-PET could be effective in the staging and management of merkel cell carcinoma. Researchers at the University of Melbourne analyzed data from patients who underwent FDG-PET scans using PET or PET/CT imaging. They recorded patients' management plans before and after the imaging procedures and retrospectively recorded the follow-up outcomes. Tumor staging scans with FDG-PET led to a treatment change in 37% of patients. Among 23 scans considered to have a substantial impact, 62% led to a change in treatment modality, 21% influenced treatment intent and 17% led to changes in treatment modality plus the technique for radiation therapy.

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