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12.12.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 6/2017

European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 6/2017

Refining prognosis in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma through incorporation of metabolic imaging biomarkers

Zeitschrift:
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging > Ausgabe 6/2017
Autoren:
Satoshi Takeuchi, Eric M. Rohren, Reham Abdel-Wahab, Lianchun Xiao, Jeffrey S. Morris, Homer A. Macapinlac, Manal M. Hassan, Ahmed O. Kaseb
Wichtige Hinweise
This work was presented in part at the European Cancer Congress, Vienna, Austria, 25–29 September 2015.

Abstract

Purpose

18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomopraphy/computed tomography (FDGPET/CT) has been proven to be useful for imaging many types of cancer; however, its role is not well defined in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We assessed the prognostic value of metabolic imaging biomarkers as established by baseline pretreatment FDG PET/CT in patients with HCC.

Methods

We retrospectively analyzed the records of patients with HCC who underwent FDG PET/CT before initial treatment from May 2013 through May 2014. Four PET/CT parameters were measured: maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and tumor-to-normal-liver SUV ratio (TNR). Optimal cut-off values for the PET/CT parameters to stratify patients in terms of overall survival (OS) were determined. Multivariate analysis was performed to determine whether the PET/CT parameters could add to the prognostic value of the Cancer of the Liver Italian Program (CLIP) scoring system and the Barcelona-Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging system.

Results

The analysis included 56 patients. Univariate analysis of the association between OS and continuous variables, including the PET/CT parameters SUVmax, TLG, tumor size, total bilirubin level, and alkaline phosphatase level were significant predictors of OS. SUVmax ≥ 11.7, TLG ≥ 1,341, MTV ≥ 230 mL, and TNR ≥ 4.8 were identified as cut-off values. Multivariate analysis revealed that SUVmax ≥ 11.7 and TNR ≥ 4.8 were independent factors predicting a poor prognosis in both the CLIP scoring system and the BCLC staging system, as was TLG in the BCLC staging system.

Conclusion

Pretreatment FDG PET/CT in patients with HCC can add to the prognostic value of standard clinical measures. Incorporation of imaging biomarkers derived from FDG PET/CT into HCC staging systems should be considered.

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