Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-39
Rothschild, S; Studer, G; Seifert, B; Huguenin, P; Glanzmann, C; Davis, J B; Lütolf, U M; Hany, T F; Ciernik, I F (2007). PET/CT staging followed by Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) improves treatment outcome of locally advanced pharyngeal carcinoma: a matched-pair comparison. Radiation Oncology, 2:22.
BACKGROUND: Impact of non-pharmacological innovations on cancer cure rates is difficult to assess. It remains unclear, whether outcome improves with 2- [18-F]-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-positron emission tomography and integrated computer tomography (PET/CT) and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for curative treatment of advanced pharyngeal carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty five patients with stage IVA oro- or hypopharyngeal carcinoma were staged with an integrated PET/CT and treated with definitive chemoradiation with IMRT from 2002 until 2005. To estimate the impact of PET/CT with IMRT on outcome, a case-control analysis on all patients with PET/CT and IMRT was done after matching with eighty six patients treated between 1991 and 2001 without PET/CT and 3D-conformal radiotherapy with respect to gender, age, stage, grade, and tumor location with a ratio of 1:2. Median follow-up was eighteen months (range, 6-49 months) for the PET/CT-IMRT group and twenty eight months (range, 1-168 months) for the controls. RESULTS: PET/CT and treatment with IMRT improved cure rates compared to patients without PET/CT and IMRT. Overall survival of patients with PET/CT and IMRT was 97% and 91% at 1 and 2 years respectively, compared to 74% and 54% for patients without PET/CT or IMRT (p = 0.002). The event-free survival rate of PET/CT-IMRT group was 90% and 80% at 1 and 2 years respectively, compared to 72% and 56% in the control group (p = 0.005). CONCLUSION: PET/CT in combination with IMRT and chemotherapy for pharyngeal carcinoma improve oncological therapy of pharyngeal carcinomas. Long-term follow-up is needed to confirm these findings.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Nuclear Medicine|
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 13:11|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 16:55|
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|WoS Citation Count:||23|
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