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PET to stage rectal cancer

Posted Feb 04 2010 9:47am

There a nubmer of imagning modaliteis that can stage colon cancer. A recent study evaluated the impact of FDG-PET on the management of patients with colorectal carcinoma. They noted a change in the clinical stage and major management decisions in approximately 40% of patients. The disease was upstaged in 20 patients (80%) and downstaged in 5 patients (20%). As a result of FDG-PET findingsphysicians avoided major surgery in 41% of patients for whom surgery was the intended treatment. On the other handfalse-positive results may occur with FDG-PET in patients with abscesses from nonspecific inflammatory reactions following radiotherapy or tracer uptake in the bowelbladderor ureters.

NCCN states that PET scan is not routinely indicated.


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