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Clinical Staging of Patients with Early Esophageal Adenocarcinoma: Does FDG-PET/CT Have a Role?

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic Oncology


Cuellar, Sonia L. Betancourt; Carter, Brett W.; Macapinlac, Homer A.; Ajani, Jaffer A.; Komaki, Ritsuko; Welsh, James W.; Lee, Jeffrey H.; Swisher, Stephen G.; Correa, Arlene M.; Erasmus, Jeremy J.; Hofstetter, Wayne L.

The authors queried whether PET has utility in clinically staging Tis or T1 esophageal cancers; this was a single institution retrospective study involving 79 pts.  The incidence of FDG uptake increased with increasing T status, as did the SUV.  Nodal staging was false positive in 3 pts and false negative all 13 pts with nodal involvement.  Metastatic staging was false positive in 5 pts.  PET is not recommended for pts with Tis or T1 disease on EUS.   

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