Assessment of Treatment Response Using PET/CT Scanner - Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma
In this study the treatment process will be closely monitored using a novel imaging technology, a PET/CT scanner. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography and in this case it will be combined with a conventional x-ray Computerized Tomography (CT) scan. This is not a study of any particular form of treatment. The treatment you receive will be the most appropriate standard treatment whether you are in the study or not.
The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a given amount of radiation dose to the area where there is a lymphoma tumour. We are doing this study to see which part of the tumour reacts to the radiation treatment, and which part does not react, by monitoring the progress of your treatment with a combined PET/CT scan. In particular, changes of the size and shape of the tumour that occur during the treatment can be detected and will be visible on the images. These images will be thoroughly analysed. The ability of the PET/CT scanner to detect these changes during a course of radiation treatment will be the subject of this study. We will also be able to see if this information will eventually relate to or predict whether lymphoma tumours will be completely eradicated by the treatment.
Procedure: PET Scan with [18F]Fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (FDG)
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Spatio-temporal Response of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma to External Beam Radiation Therapy Measuring 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Uptake Using a Combined PET/CT Scanner: A Pilot Study|
- To quantify spatial and temporal treatment response to radiation therapy in patients with NHL using the co-registered CT and FDG-PET images and assess this response with temporal geometric models.
- To assess the feasibility to spatially correlate the abnormalities on the CT image to the FDG uptake on the co-registered PET image using the geometric models.
- To determine if the inclusion of a GTV based upon PET images alters (1) the treatment plan based on the initial planning CT; and (2) if GTVs based on CT or PET differ for adaptive plans.
- To assess tumor metabolic activity in non-irradiated areas, if detected, and study its temporal changes during a course of radiation treatment (abscopal response).
- To link the concentration of the biochemical marker lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) to treatment response.
|Study Start Date:||August 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Princess Margaret Hospital|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2M9|
|Principal Investigator:||Richard Tsang, MD||Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada|