Study of 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FluGlucoScan) in Patients Receiving a Treatment Planning Study of 3 Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy Guided by Breath Held CT and PET Imaging for Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
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At this time, computed tomography (CT) is the standard tool used at this institution for the staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). For most patients, treatment planning for NSCLC is performed with the patient breathing freely during CT scanning. However, recent research has demonstrated that, by holding one's breath briefly, the NSCLC tumor mass can be held motionless. As a result, the tissue to be treated is better pinpointed and the area treated is significantly decreased through breath-hold planning. This allows for a higher dose of radiation to be given to the cancer. PET scanning is a promising newer imaging modality which has shown to be useful in staging NSCLC. This study hypothesizes that breath-held PET scanning and breath held-CT scanning will allow for more stringent radiotherapy plans, minimizing normal tissue toxicity, as well as potentially increasing the dose deliverable to the primary tumor.
A Phase II Study of 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FluGlucoScan) in Patients Receiving a Treatment Planning Study of 3 Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy Guided by Breath Held CT and PET Imaging for Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Male or female
Histologically proven, resected lung cancer of the following histologic types:
squamous cell carcinoma;
undifferentiated large cell carcinoma;
non-small cell; and
not otherwise specified.
Age equal to or greater than 18 years
American Joint Committee (AJC) Stage I-III disease (if all detectable tumours can be encompassed by radiation therapy fields, including both the primary tumour and the involved lymph nodes); patients with positive supraclavicular nodes (N3) are not eligible
Able and willing to follow instructions and comply with the protocol
Provide written informed consent prior to participation in this study
Karnofsky Performance Scale score equal to or greater than 70
Measurable disease on the CT and PET images
Patient must be deemed eligible for the radical combined-modality therapy.
Nursing or pregnant females
N3 disease (patients with positive supraclavicular nodes are not eligible)
Karnofsky performance status less than 70
Patients who have undergone complete tumour resection
Patients with post-resection intrathoracic tumour recurrence
Evidence of small cell history
Age less than 18 years
Prior or concurrent malignancy except non-melanomatous skin cancer (unless disease free for at least 5 years)
Prior radiotherapy to the thorax or neck
Patients with myocardial infarction within the preceding 6 months or symptomatic heart disease, including angina; congestive heart failure; and uncontrolled arrythmias
Inability to maintain a state of deep inspiratory breath-hold for a minimum length of time