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Lung Cancer. 2012 Feb;75(2):141-5. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2011.07.018. Epub 2011 Sep 15.

PET scans in radiotherapy planning of lung cancer.

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Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology (MAASTRO Clinic), GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht, The Netherlands. dirk.deruysscher@maastro.nl

Abstract

Accurate delineation of the primary tumor and of involved lymph nodes is a key requisite for successful curative radiotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In recent years, it has become clear that the incorporation of FDG PET-CT scan information into the related processes of patient selection and radiotherapy planning has lead to significant improvements for patients with NSCLC. The use of FDG PET-CT information in radiotherapy planning allows better target volume definition, reduces inter-observer variability and encourages selective irradiation of involved mediastinal lymph nodes. PET-CT also opens the door for innovative radiotherapy delivery and the development of new concepts. However, care must be taken to avoid a variety of technical pitfalls and specific education is necessary, for clinicians and physicists alike.

PMID:
21920625
DOI:
10.1016/j.lungcan.2011.07.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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