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Positron emission tomography (PET) in the management of oro-pharyngeal cancer

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J Jones, I Farag, S F Hain, M McGurk

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170 - 176
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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AIMS: To investigate the specific role of FDG-PET in the management of head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: In a retrospective study, 112 patients with head and neck cancer treated over a 5-year period had FDG-PET scans. The image of the tumour (local, regional and distant) was compared to, clinical, CT/MRI examination, pathological findings and the clinical course of the disease. RESULTS: FDG-PET correctly identified 95.3% of primary lesions, and 94.1% of the recurrences at the primary site. FDG-PET data was supportive of intended treatment in 31 cases and sufficient to alter the management of seven patients. CONCLUSIONS: Overall FDG-PET has a useful role in the diagnosis of head and neck cancers, and in the demonstration of occult or hidden tumours, distant and metastatic disease.

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