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Old March 31st, 2003, 09:05
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Detection of Early Recurrence with 18F-FDG PET in Patients with Cervical Cancer

This study found that PET scanning was useful in detecting the early (6 to 18 months) recurrence of cervical cancer. PET scanning was 90.3% sensitive and 76.1% specific in this group of patients. Out of the 249 patients studied (all of whom had a normal PAP smear, CT or MRI, CXR, tumor markers, and physical exam), 28 were found to have recurrence of their cancer based on clinical and histological findings. PET scanning enabled the early identification of 25 out of 28 recurrences. Comment: approximately 30% of cervical cancer is know to eventually recur after treatment. Using PET scanning to help monitor for recurrence helps catch the cancer earlier than by only using Pap smears, pelvic CT or MRI, clinical exam, tumor markers, and chest x-rays. There is a huge benefit of catching the recurrence of cancer early. PET scanning appears to be an important tool for monitoring patients with a history of cervical cancer. [ Journal of Nuclear Medicine Vol. 44 No. 3 347-352 ]

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