Imaging Parameters, Tumor Metrics Predict Pathologic Response Before Pancreas Cancer Resection

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Postneoadjuvant therapy (NAT) changes in metabolic metrics from PET/MRI and morphologic metrics from CT were associated with pathologic response and overall survival in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), according to research presented in ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), 

“Imaging metrics associated with pathologic response and overall survival in PDA could help guide clinical management and outcomes for patients with PDA receiving emergent therapeutic interventions,” wrote first author Ananya Panda of the department of radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Panda and colleagues’ retrospective study included 44 patients (22 men, 22 women; average age 62) with 18F-FDG avid borderline resectable or locally advanced PDA on pre-treatment PET/MRI, who also underwent post-NAT PET/MRI prior to surgery between August 2016 and September 2019. CA 19-9, metabolic metrics from PET/MRI, and morphologic metrics from CT (n = 34) were compared between pathologic responders (College of American Pathologists scores 0 and 1] and nonresponders (scores 2 and 3).

In borderline resectable or locally advanced pancreatic cancer undergoing neoadjuvant therapy, pre- vs. post-treatment changes in tumor metrics on PET/MRI (complete metabolic response, ΔSUVmax, ΔSUVgluc) and CT (RECIST, volume change) were associated with major pathologic response (AUC = 0.71-0.83; p < 0.05).

IMAGEA 52-year-old man with locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma and major pathologic response.

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Imaging Parameters, Tumor Metrics Predict Pathologic Response Before Pancreas Cancer Resection.  Appl Radiol. 

By News Release| December 23, 2020

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