FDG-PET Scans May Improve Prostate Cancer Management

July 9, 2013

Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) findings can help identify prostate cancer (PCa) patients who have high-risk disease prior to radical prostatectomy and are at elevated risk for treatment failure, researchers reported at the Canadian Urological Association's 68th annual meeting.

Lead investigator Frederic Pouliot, MD, PhD, a urologic oncologist at Laval University in Quebec, and his team found that increased FDG uptake by the prostate is highly correlated with factors indicative of a poor prognosis such as advanced clinical stage, a pathological Gleason score of 8 or higher, and percentage of intraprostatic cancer.