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PET tracer changes management plan for brain tumor patients
Date:3/1/2012

in management were recommended, with changes from "watch and wait" to chemotherapy (25 percent) and from chemotherapy to "watch and wait" (17 percent) occurring most frequently. Seventy-five percent of the recommended changes were implemented.

"We know that F-DOPA PET/CT imaging is highly accurate for detecting brain tumors, and in our research we've shown that this imaging modality has a significant impact on patient management," said Johannes Czernin, MD, one of the authors of the study. "In the future, we will initiate multicenter trials to determine whether these management changes have an impact on patient outcome. We believe that amino-acid transport imaging with PET will eventually be an important and frequently used imaging modality in brain cancer."

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, an estimated 64,530 new cases of primary brain tumors were expected to be diagnosed last year. It is estimated that during the year 2004 more than 612,000 people in the United States were living with the diagnosis of a primary brain or central nervous system tumor. The five year survival rates vary among tumor subtypes and range from 3.3 percent for high-grade tumors to 70 percent for low-grade tumors.


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