Langenhoff BS, Oyen WJG, Jager GJ, Strijk SP, Wobbes T, Corstens FHM, Ruers TJMEfficacy of fluorine-18-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography in detecting tumor recurrence after local ablative therapy for liver metastases: a prospective study. J Clin Oncol 20(22): 4453-4458

Department of Surgery, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
Journal of Clinical Oncology (Impact Factor: 18.43). 12/2002; 20(22):4453-8. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2002.12.134
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The aims of this prospective study were to investigate the potential role of fluorine-18-deoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in determining the efficacy of the local tumor ablative process and to determine the added value of FDG-PET in the detection of tumor recurrence during follow-up.
Twenty-three patients with unresectable colorectal liver metastases were followed up after local ablative therapy consisting of a standard protocol including FDG-PET scanning, computed tomography (CT) scanning, and carcinoembryonic antigen measurements. The mean follow-up period was 16 months (range, 10 to 21 months).
Ninety-six lesions was treated, 56 by local ablative treatment. Within 3 weeks after local ablative treatment, 51 lesions became photopenic on FDG-PET, while five lesions (in five patients) showed persistent activity on FDG-PET. In four of five FDG-PET-positive lesions, a local recurrence developed during follow-up; one FDG-PET-positive lesion turned out to be an abscess. None of the FDG-PET-negative lesions developed a local recurrence during a mean follow-up period of 16 months. During follow-up, 11 patients showed recurrence in the liver outside of the treated area. In all cases, previously negative FDG-PET scans became positive. Extrahepatic recurrence was encountered in nine patients during follow-up; FDG-PET showed all nine cases of tumor recurrence. There was one false-positive FDG-PET caused by an intra-abdominal abscess. In all patients, the time point of detection of recurrence by FDG-PET was considerably earlier than the detection by CT.
FDG-PET seems to have a significant impact in measuring treatment efficacy directly after local ablative therapy. Furthermore, FDG-PET has an added value in patient follow-up because it reveals recurrences earlier than conventional diagnostic modalities.

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    • "Due to the visualization of increased glucose metabolism in tumour cells, fluorine-18 deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is a useful tool in the assessment of treatment response following RFA [6,9]. Ablated lesions that show focal FDG uptake in or within 1 cm of the ablated area are considered clinically suspect for LTP [6,10]. "
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    • "Nowadays, there is growing interest in the role of FDG-PET/CT for the prediction of tumour response to treatment, as metabolic alterations in tumour cells may occur before alterations in tumour size. Several studies indicated a possible role for FDG- PET/CT in the prediction and evaluation of treatment response (Langenhoff et al, 2002; Donckier et al, 2003; Dimitrakopoulou- Strauss et al, 2004; Guillem et al, 2004; Cascini et al, 2006; de Geus-Oei et al, 2008). "
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    • "FDG-PET appears to accurately monitor the local efficacy of RFA for treatment of liver metastases, as it recognizes incomplete tumor ablation earlier than detectable on CT. Langenhoff et al. reported similar findings but we consider comparison of the PET findings with CT essential and should preferably be performed as part of a PET-CT examination [73]. These studies support the use of FDG PET in combination with CT scan in the follow-up of RF ablated colorectal metastases and PET-CT may lead to earlier detection of tumor recurrence than conventional imaging modalities. "
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