Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate whether preoperative positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with early-stage cervical carcinoma reduced the proportion of patients with metastatic lymph nodes identified after surgery.
Patients and Methods This is a multicenter case-control study of 599 patients with early cervical cancer who underwent radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy at 1 of 10 gynecological oncology units in Israel. The patients were divided into 2 groups according to whether or not they underwent a preoperative PET/CT. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients with nodal involvement. The 2 groups were compared with regard to the clinical and histological variables.
Results Of the 599 patients who underwent surgery, 180 (36%) had preoperative PET/CT study. There were no significant differences between the PET/CT and control groups with regard to clinical and histological risk factors. The proportion of patients with involved nodes was similar in the control and PET/CT groups (20.8% vs 19%; P = 0.73) as well as the proportion of patients receiving adjuvant radiotherapy/chemoradiation (58.3% vs 55.1%; P = 0.55).
Conclusions Preoperative PET/CT in patients with early cervical cancer does not reduce proportion of patients with metastatic nodal involvement and the employment of multimodality treatment. Prospective clinical trials comparing management based on PET/CT findings are warranted.
- Cervical cancer
- Lymph nodes
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