Prognostic Significance of Volume-Based Metabolic Parameters in Uterine Cervical Cancer Determined Using F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer (Impact Factor: 1.95). 07/2012; 22(7):1226-33. DOI: 10.1097/IGC.0b013e318260a905
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We compared the prognostic value of volume-based metabolic parameters determined using fluorine 18 (F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) (F-FDG PET) (with other prognostic parameters in uterine cervical cancer.
The subjects were 73 female patients who had an initial diagnosis of uterine cervical cancer and who underwent F-FDG PET. Various metabolic or volume-based PET parameters including maximum and average standardized uptake values, metabolic tumor volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) were measured in primary cervical tumors. Survival analysis for disease-free survival or progression-free survival was performed with a Kaplan-Meier method using PET parameters and other clinical variables. For determining independent prognostic factors, Cox regression analysis was performed.
Recurrence or disease progression occurred in 23 patients (31.5%). In univariate analysis, patient age (cutoff, 57 years, P < 0.05), International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage (P = 0.07), primary tumor size (cutoff, 6.7 cm; P < 0.05), lymph node status on PET (P < 0.005), treatment method (P < 0.01), metabolic tumor volume (cutoff, 82 cm; P = 0.001), and TLG (cutoff, 7600; P = 0.005) were significant predictors of recurrence or progression. In multivariate analysis, both lymph node status on PET (hazard ratio, 1.042 [negative vs intrapelvic metastasis only], 7.008 [negative vs extrapelvic metastasis]; P < 0.001) and TLG (cutoff, 7600; hazard ratio, 2.981; P < 0.05) were independent prognostic factors for predicting recurrence.
In uterine cervical cancer, TLG, a volume-based metabolic parameter, and lymph node status on PET may be significant independent prognostic factors for event-free survival.

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