Restaging patients with N2 (stage IIIa) non-small cell lung cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy: A prospective study

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  • Background: The accuracy of restaging in patients with stage IIIa non-small cell lung cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy is unknown. Methods: A prospective trial of patients with biopsy-proven N2 disease who underwent initial clinical staging with mediastinoscopy, integrated positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), and CT. Patients then were clinically restaged by the same imaging techniques 4 to 12 weeks after their induction chemoradiation therapy and then underwent definitive pathologic staging. Results: Ninety-three patients had their lymph nodes pathologically restaged. Repeat PET/CT after neoadjuvant therapy missed residual N2 disease in 13/65 (20%) patients and falsely suggested it in 7 of 28 (25%). It was more accurate than repeat CT for restaging at all pathologic stages (stage 0, 92% vs 39%, P = .03; and stage I 89% vs 36%, P = .04). When the maximum standardized uptake value of the primary tumor is decreased by 75% or more, it is highly likely (likelihood ratio, +LR, 6.1) the patient is a complete responder; when it decreased by 55% or more, it is highly likely (+LR, 9.1) the patient is a partial responder. When the maximum standardized uptake value of the N2 node initially involved with metastatic cancer is decreased by more than 50%, it is highly likely (+LR, 7.9) the node is now benign. Conclusion: Repeat integrated PET/CT is superior to repeat CT for the restaging of patients with stage IIIa non-small cell lung cancer. The percent decrease in the maximum standardized uptake value of the primary and of the involved lymph node is predictive of pathology; however, nodal biopsies are required since a persistently high maximum standardized uptake value does not equate to residual cancer. © 2006 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
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  • Cerfolio RJ; Bryant AS; Ojha B
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  • 1229
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  • 1235
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  • 131
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  • 6