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Swiss Cancer researchers investigating mesothelioma have stated that there is room for improvement when using PET/CT imaging, it has been reported.
The Swiss team studied 62 cases of pleural mesothelioma patients who were undergoing chemotherapy prior to a planned surgery, and all of these 62 mesothelioma patients underwent CT scans. 28 of the patients also had PET/CT. It is reported that all of these patients then underwent a radical lung removing mesothelioma surgical procedure known as Extrapleural Pneumonectomy (EPP). The stage for the cancer was determined clinically and pathologically and the researchers used the information from this for their studies.
It is reported that both PET/CT and CT scans underestimated the size and extent of the mesothelioma tumours in around 30% of cases, although PET/CT was slightly more accurate in determining the extent of the tumour.
The researchers reportedly concluded that PET/CT was probably better for staging mesothelioma then CT alone, but that better approaches were still needed.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “ Research such as this is very useful because it helps to assess whether the current methods being used are sufficient, or whether better techniques can be developed and used. We encourage more funding to be put into studies such as these and to investigate better treatments and cures”.
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