PET/CT predicts early breast cancer response to chemo

April 11, 2013

By using FDG-PET/CT, physicians will be in a better position to noninvasively predict a breast cancer patient's response to treatment after two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, helping them decide on the next course of action, concluded a study from Germany.

Lead author Dr. Till-Alexander Heusner, from the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at the University of Düsseldorf, presented the study's results at this year's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna.

Previous research has found that neoadjuvant chemotherapy reduces tumor mass in breast cancer lesions and enables surgeons to offer breast conservation surgery, Heusner noted in his talk. In addition, treatment with neoadjuvant chemotherapy diminishes the risk of intraoperative tumor cells.