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Thursday, June 30, 2016

FDG-PET/CT Can Find Distant Metastases in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Clinical Stage IIB Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Study Suggests

Aunt Minnie (6/29) reports that the ability of FDG-PET/CT “to find a significant number of distant metastases in patients with newly diagnosed clinical stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer suggests that current guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) for the modality’s use may need to be revised.” Investigators “used FDG-PET/CT to find unsuspected distant metastases in 15% of patients with initial stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer.” Aunt Minnie points out that “the NCCN recommends that FDG-PET/CT be used to stage patients with newly diagnosed stage III triple-negative breast cancer.” The research was presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting. 

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