The transition of therapy for recurrent esophageal cancer by PET-CT

Yasuhiro Shirakawa, Shunsuke Tanabe, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Kazuhiro Noma, Kazufumi Sakurama, Munenori Takaoka, Tomoki Yamatsuji, Minoru Haisa, Yoshio Naomoto

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Abstract

In our institute, we introduced PET-CT examination as the preoperative and postoperative screening for esophageal cancer patients in April 2006. During two years before the introduction of PET-CT examination, we performed an intensive local control therapy (operation, RFA, definitive chemoradiotherapy) to 13 cases with single region recurrence (including 5 cases of cervical lymph nodes recurrence, 5 of local recurrence, 3 of distant metastatic recurrence). On the other hand, we performed an intensive local control therapy to 21 cases (including 4 cases of cervical lymph nodes recurrence, 10 of local recurrence, and 7 of distant metastatic recurrence) during two years after the introduction of PET-CT examination. In any pattern, there was a tendency of improvement in the prognosis of recurrent esophageal cancer patients. These results raised the possibility that PET-CT examination was useful for an early detection of the recurrent lesions in postoperative follow-up for esophageal cancer patients. And there might be a chance of curability in patients with single region recurrence by the early detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2465-2467
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Volume36
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Local therapy
  • PET-CT
  • Recurrent esophageal cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Shirakawa, Y., Tanabe, S., Fujiwara, Y., Noma, K., Sakurama, K., Takaoka, M., Yamatsuji, T., Haisa, M., & Naomoto, Y. (2009). The transition of therapy for recurrent esophageal cancer by PET-CT. Japanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy, 36(12), 2465-2467.