VEGF Early Imaging for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among women. Yearly around 12,500 Dutch women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 3,500 die of this disease. One of the problems leading to such striking effect refers to late tumor detection due to inadequate sensitivity of current imaging techniques. Current screening is performed by means of mammography, consisting of traditional film-screen mammograms of digital mammograms. These digital mammograms offer digital enhancement to aid interpretation, which is especially helpful in women with dense breast tissue. Screening mammography is nowadays the single most effective method of early breast cancer detection. For screening of high risk individuals, increasingly the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique is emerging. However, none of the above mentioned techniques has an optimal sensitivity and specificity, leading for instance to a significant portion of false positive results. The clinical consequence of this error is that additional tests and procedures are performed in women who may not have cancer. In the United States, for example, 11% mammograms require additional evaluation; the lesion turns out to be benign in more than 90% of cases .
False-positive readings False positive readings are more common in younger women, both because the tests are less specific and because breast cancer is less common [2,3]. As a result, more follow-up procedures, including invasive procedures such as biopsies, will be done in younger women even though fewer cancers will be found. Furthermore, because breast cancer screening occurs repeatedly, the risk of a false-positive study is likely to rise with repeated screening .
Emerging adjuncts to mammography include ultrasonography, which is helpful for further assessment of known areas of interest, and magnetic resonance imaging. Image-guided biopsy - directed by ultrasonography or stereotactic mammography views - plays a critical role in histological confirmation of suspected breast cancer.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Imaging for Early Breast Cancer Detection A Feasibility Study|
- SUV in tumour and lymph nodes [ Time Frame: 4 days ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: 89Zr-bevacizumab PET
Other: 89Zr-bevacizumab PET
PET-scan with 89Zr-bevacizumab
Other Name: 89Zr-bevacizumab
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00991978
|Universitar Medical Center Groningen|
|Groningen, Netherlands, 9713GZ|
|Principal Investigator:||Caroline Schröder, MD PhD||University Medical Center Groningen|