Purpose The value of FDG PET-derived parameters in predicting overall survival (OS), local relapse-free survival (LRFS) and distant relapse-free survival (DRFS) in treated patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) was evaluated. Methods This retrospective evaluation included 55 MPM patients treated between March 2006 and February 2015 with FDG PET/CT-guided salvage helical tomotherapy (HTT) after previous surgery plus chemotherapy. Univariate Cox regression analysis was performed to assess the impact of the following FDG PET-derived parameters: bio- logical target volume (BTV), mean and maximum standardized uptake values (SUV ), metabolic tumour mean/max volume (MTV) and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), measured using different uptake thresholds (40%, 50% and 60%). Logistic regression was then performed to identify the best FDG PET-derived parameters for selecting patients with poorer survival. Results The median OS was 9.1 months (range 0.0 – 69.6 months) after the end of HTT; 54/55 patients were dead at the last follow-up. BTV and TLG40, TLG50 and TLG60 were the most significant predictors of OS (p < 0.005). ThemedianOSwas 4.8monthsinpatientswithMTV60>5cm and TLG40 >334.4, compared with 13.8 months and 16.1 months in patients with smaller values, respectively. The median LRFS and DRFS were 6.2 months (range 1.2 – 39.4 months) and 6.5 months
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 6, 2018
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