New PET-CT scan could reduce need for post-treatment surgery in cancer patients

24 March 2016

An innovative new screening technique has been highlighted that could reduce the need for invasive post-treatment surgery in head and neck cancer patients.

Research carried out by the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick examined the use of positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scans to identify surviving cancer cells following surgery.

The results of the scans can then be used to determine more accurate dissection in post-surgery treatment, or to identify cases where no further treatment is needed.

Professor Janet Dunn from Warwick Clinical Trials Unit said: "This is an important study for the future management of these patients.

"The results show that the use of PET-CT imaging can prevent unnecessary operations and reduce associated surgical complications."

Full details of the study have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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