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Prognostic Evaluation of 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in Endometrial Cancer: A Retrospective Study
  1. Annette Aamand Lund, MD,
  2. Mie Holm Vilstrup, MD,
  3. Kirsten M Jochumsen, PhD, MD and
  4. Søren Hess, MD
  1. Department of Nuclear Medicine, Odense University Hospital, Denmark.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Annette Aamand Lund, MD, Skovbrynet 22, 1 th, 6000 Kolding, Denmark. E-mail:


Objective This study aims to ascertain if semiquantitative measurements derived from 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography can be used as prognostic markers in patients with newly diagnosed endometrial cancer.

Materials and methods Patients with endometrial cancer and a preoperative 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography before curatively intended treatment were included. The scans were evaluated using standard uptake values [maximum standard uptake value (SUVmax) and partial volume corrected (c) mean standardized uptake value (SUVmean)] and whole-body total lesion glycolysis (cTLG). All measurements were analyzed as prognostic factors in relation to overall survival (OS). Receiver operating characteristic curves were performed on all 3 positron emission tomography measurements to find the optimal cut-off for predicting OS. Multivariate Cox proportional regression models were used for prognostic evaluation.

Results Eighty-three patients (median age, 69.9 y; range, 26.8–91.1) with primarily high-risk endometrial cancer or suspected high The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage were included. Mean follow-up time was 3.48 years (range, 0.31–6.87), and 24 patients died during follow-up. In multivariate analyses with adjustment for other known prognostic factors, a SUVmax of greater than or equal to 14.3 g/mL and cSUVmean of greater than or equal to 12.7 g/mL of the primary tumor yielded a hazard ratio for OS of 3.18 (1.19–8.49) and 1.93 (0.80–4.68), respectively. Whole-body cTLG of greater than or equal to 176.1 g yielded a hazard ratio of 5.70 (1.94–16.78) for OS in a multivariate analysis.

Conclusions Preoperative SUVmax and cTLG showed potential as independent prognostic markers of OS in patients with primarily high-risk endometrial cancer. Thus, SUVmax and cTLG might help identify patients who could benefit from a more aggressive treatment strategy or closer surveillance.

  • Endometrial Cancer
  • 18F-FDG-PET/CT
  • Prognosis
  • Semiquantitative Measurements

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  • This study received funding from Arvid Poulsens Familiefond. Grant was given for participation in European Association of Nuclear Medicine's 16th congress, October 2016.

  • There are no financial disclosures or conflict of interest from any author.