Clinical and prognostic value of18F-FDG-PET/CT in restaging of pancreatic cancer

Massimo Midiri, Massimo Galia, Domenico Albano, Pierpaolo Alongi, Marco Messina, Demetrio Familiari, Roberta Gentile, Maria C. Fornito, Salvatore Scalisi, Roberta Gentile, Massimo Midiri, Massimiliano Spada, Federico Midiri

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Aim The aim of this retrospective multicentre study was to evaluate the clinical and prognostic effect of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG)-PET/computed tomography (CT) in the restaging process of pancreatic cancer (PC). Materials and methods Data from patients treated for primary PC, who underwent18F-FDG-PET/CT for suspicious of disease progression, were collected. Accuracy was assessed employing conventional diagnostic procedures, multidisciplinary team case notes, further18F-FDG-PET/CT scans and/or follow-up. Receiver operating characteristic curve and likelihood ratio (LR+/-) analyses were used for completion of accuracy definition. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival were assessed by using Kaplan-Meier method. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to identify predictors of outcome. Results Fifty-two patients (33 males and 19 females, with mean age of 59 years and range: 42-78 years) with PC were finally included in our study. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy of18F-FDG-PET were 85, 84, 90, 76, and 84%, respectively. Area under the curve was 0.84 (95% confidence intervals: 0.72-0.96; P<0.05). LR+ and LR- were 5.3 and 0.17, respectively.18F-FDG-PET/CT revealed new metastatic foci in 5/52 patients (10%) and excluded suspicious lesions in 11/52 (21%). Analysis of PFS revealed18F-FDG-PET/CT positivity to be associated with a worse cumulative survival rate over a 6 and 12-month period in comparison with18F-FDG-PET/CT negativity (6-month PFS 95 vs. 67%, P<0.05; 12-month PFS 81 vs. 29%, P<0.05). A negative18F-FDG-PET/CT result was associated with a significantly longer overall survival than a positive one (70 vs. 26% after 2 years, P<0.05). In addition, a positive18F-FDG-PET/CT scan result and an maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) value more than 6 were significantly associated with an increased risk of disease progression (PET positivity hazard ratio=3.9, P=0.01; SUVmax>6 h=4.2, P=0.02) and death (PET positivity hazard ratio=3.5, P=0.02; SUVmax>6 h=3.7, P=0.01). Conclusion18F-FDG-PET/CT showed high diagnostic accuracy for restaging process of PC, proving also its potential value in predicting clinical outcome after primary treatment.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)741-746
Numero di pagine6
RivistaNuclear Medicine Communications
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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