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Evaluation of the Prognostic Value of FDG PET/CT Parameters for Patients With Surgically Treated Head and Neck Cancer A Systematic Review

Abstract : Importance - Head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) represents the seventh most frequent cancer worldwide. More than half of the patients diagnosed with HNSCC are treated with primary surgery. Objective - To report the available evidence on the value of quantitative parameters of fluorodeoxyglucose F 18-labeled positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) performed before surgical treatment of HNSCC to estimate overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and distant metastasis (DM) and to discuss their limitations. Evidence review - A systematic review of the English-language literature in PubMed/MEDLINE and ScienceDirect published between January 2003 and February 15, 2019, was performed between March 1 and July 27, 2019, to identify articles addressing the association between preoperative FDG-PET/CT parameters and oncological outcomes among patients with HNSCC. Articles included those that addressed the following: (1) cancer of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, or larynx; (2) surgically treated (primary or for salvage); (3) pretreatment FDG-PET/CT; (4) quantitative or semiquantitative evaluation of the FDG-PET/CT parameters; and (5) the association between the value of FDG-PET/CT parameters and clinical outcomes. Quality assessment was performed using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine level of evidence. Findings - A total of 128 studies were retrieved from the databases, and 36 studies met the inclusion criteria; these studies comprised 3585 unique patients with a median follow-up of 30.6 months (range, 16-53 months). Of these 36 studies, 32 showed an association between at least 1 FDG-PET/CT parameter and oncological outcomes (OS, DFS, and DM). The FDG-PET/CT volumetric parameters (metabolic tumor volume [MTV] and total lesion glycolysis [TLG]) were independent prognostic factors in most of the data, with a higher prognostic value than the maximum standard uptake value (SUVmax). For example, in univariate analysis of OS, the SUVmax was correlated with OS in 5 of 11 studies, MTV in 11 of 12 studies, and TLG in 6 of 9 studies. The spatial distribution of metabolism via textural indices seemed promising, although that factor is currently poorly evaluated: only 3 studies analyzed data from radiomics indices. Conclusions and relevance - The findings of this study suggest that the prognostic effectiveness of FDG-PET/CT parameters as biomarkers of OS, DFS, and DM among patients with HNSCC treated with surgery may be valuable. The volumetric parameters (MTV and TLG) seemed relevant for identifying patients with a higher risk of postsurgical disease progression who could receive early therapeutic intervention to improve their prognosis. However, further large-scale studies including exclusively surgery-treated patients stratified according to localization and further analysis of the textural indices are required to define a reliable FDG-PET/CT-based prognostic model of mortality and recurrence risk for these patients.
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Gwenaelle Creff, Anne Devillers, Adrien Depeursinge, Xavier Palard-Novello, Oscar Acosta, et al.. Evaluation of the Prognostic Value of FDG PET/CT Parameters for Patients With Surgically Treated Head and Neck Cancer A Systematic Review. Archives of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, JAMA Network- American Medical Association, 2020, 146 (5), pp.471. ⟨10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0014⟩. ⟨hal-02532846⟩



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