Title: Role of FDG-PET scan in staging of cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction
Authors: Lerut, Antoon ×
Flamen, Patrick #
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2003
Series Title: Minerva chirurgica vol:57 issue:6 pages:837-45
Abstract: BACKGROUND: FDG-PET scan has generated in recent years an increasing interest in staging and assessment of response to treatment in cancer patients. METHODS: From the available literature and own data it appears that FDG-PET scan significantly improves detection of haematogenous and distant lymphatic metastasis in carcinoma of the oesophagus and gastro-oesophageal junction (GEJ). Especially diagnostic specificity of lymph node involvement is greatly improved with FDG-PET scan. FDG-PET scan also allows a highly sensitive diagnosis of recurrent disease through its capacity of whole-body staging. In assessing response of induction (chemo +/- radiotherapy) in locally advanced disease FDG-PET scan appears to be of high value in predicting response. RESULTS: Moreover, there seems to be a strong correlation between FDG-PET scan response and survival. CONCLUSIONS: It can be concluded that despite the cost, FDG-PET scan should have a place in the algorithm of initial staging, staging of recurrent disease and assessment of response to treatment in cancer of the oesophagus and GE junction.
ISSN: 0026-4733
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Thoracic Surgery
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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