PET scan has major role in management of cancer patient care: StudyMarch 27th, 2008 - 1:00 pm ICT by admin
Washington , Mar 27 (ANI): A study on data from America s National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR), has confirmed that FDG-PET or PET scan has a major impact on management of cancer patient care.
FDG-PET, also called PET imaging, is a test that images the function of cells to show differences between healthy tissue and diseased tissue by using a small amount of a radioactive chemical combined with sugar. This combination is called FDG, thus the test is sometimes called an FDG-PET scan. It is used to evaluate various neurological and cardiac disorders, as well as for diagnosing, staging, and monitoring the treatment of many different cancers
The findings of this study made the clinicians to change the intended care of more than one in three cancer patients. Out of almost 23,000 patients involved in the study, more than 1500 participating facilities contributed FDG-PET scan data.
After analysing the registry data, it was found that FDG-PET is linked to a 36.5pct change in the treatment or no-treatment decision.
The NOPR is designed to collect questionnaire data from referring physicians on intended patient management before and after a FDG-PET scan.
In response to this positive data, NOPR has formally asked CMS to reconsider the current National Coverage decision on FDG-PET to end the data collection requirements for diagnosis, staging and restaging. Later, CMS will review the data and issue their decision regarding reimbursement for PET scans covered only through the NOPR.
“The data collected by NOPR fulfils an unmet need with its primary scientific aim of measuring the impact of PET on patient management in a manner that is minimally intrusive to care providers. Our findings are representative of Medicare patients for whom PET would be ordered if it were covered by CMS for the expanded indications, said the authors.
The study is published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). (ANI)
- Tool for predicting local recurrence in lung cancer patients identified - Dec 07, 2010
- Cancer diagnosis facility opened in Dubai - Jan 28, 2010
- Wake-up call on breast cancer in India (Feature) - Oct 28, 2010
- Reducing pain and depression of cancer through phone - Jul 14, 2010
- New approach can tell after a single treatment if chemotherapy is working - Apr 15, 2009
- Dubai opens plant to produce drug for cancer patients - Jan 28, 2010
- Awareness key to beating breast cancer, say experts (Feb 4 is World Cancer Day) - Feb 03, 2012
- FDA approves personalized therapy for tough-to-treat colorectal cancer - Jul 26, 2012
- Changing lifestyle toughens India's cancer battle (Feb 4 is World Cancer Day) - Feb 03, 2012
- Combining radiation therapy, chemo safely treats head and neck cancers - Nov 04, 2010
- New treatment shows promise in the fight against breast cancer - Mar 30, 2011
- CT scan more effective in parallel breast and bone cancer detection - Sep 06, 2010
- Link between breast implants and rare form of cancer confirmed - Apr 20, 2011
- Flaxseed no cure for hot flashes during menopause - Jun 06, 2011
- Prostate cancer screening improves patients' quality of life - Oct 26, 2010
Tags: cancer patient care, cancer patients, cancers, cardiac disorders, clinicians, diseased tissue, journal of clinical oncology, medicare patients, national coverage, national oncologic pet registry, nopr, oncologic, patient management, pet imaging, pet scan, questionnaire data, radioactive chemical, scan data, treatment decision, unmet need