Study: Results of post-therapy PET can indicate survival odds

09/20/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Patients with advanced cervical cancer who showed complete metabolic response on FDG-PET scans had a three-year overall survival of 95% and cause-specific survival of 98%, compared with the three-year overall survival of 36% and cause-specific survival of 40% showed by those who didn't have a complete response, according to an Australian study published in the journal Cancer. The results indicate that results of post-therapy PET scans can help prevent unneeded resource-intensive follow-up in most patients, a researcher said.

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