Clinical Trial: Usefulness of FDG-PET for Advanced Cervical Cancer

This study is currently recruiting patients.
Verified by Chang Gung Memorial Hospital September 2005

Sponsors and Collaborators: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
National Science Council, Taiwan
Information provided by: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT00146458


The objective of this study is to determinate whether the adding of FDG-PET is helpful in the treatment of advanced cervical cancer with concurrent chemoradiation.
Condition Intervention Phase
Cervical Cancer
 Procedure: 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography
Phase III

MedlinePlus related topics:  Cervical Cancer

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Diagnostic, Randomized, Open Label, Active Control, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study

Official Title: A Phase III Randomized Trial of FDG-PET in the Management of Advanced Cervical Cancer with Enlarged Pelvic Lymph Node on MRI Image

Further Study Details: 
Primary Outcomes: The difference of disease-free-survival and overall-survival with/ without FDG-PET at two years after treatment
Secondary Outcomes: The incidence of additional extra-pelvic tumor metastasis detected by FDG-PET study, and its influence on the design of appropriate radiotherapy treatment
Expected Total Enrollment:  200

Study start: January 2002;  Expected completion: December 2007
Last follow-up: December 2007;  Data entry closure: December 2007

Concurrent radiotherapy and chemotherapy is the standard treatment for locally advanced cervical cancer. The radiation field should be adjusted according to the extension of disease, especially the presence of metastatic lymph nodes. At present, CT/ MRI have been applied for the detection of enlarged lymph nodes, as the reference of radiation field. However, not infrequently, a small-sized lymph node on CT/MRI may be metastatic while an enlarged node may be resulted from reactive hyperplasia.

Unlike CT/ MRI, 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) provides a novel means of imaging malignancy and could differentiate benign tumor from malignancy by functional assessment. Recent studies demonstrated higher accuracy of FDG-PET scan for the evaluation of metastasis in patients with several types of cancers when compared with CT scan or MRI. But, only a few reports concerned the usefulness of FDG-PET in cervical carcinoma.

Our hypothesis is that adding FGD-PET study to a thorough MRI can provide better staging, especially on the identification of metastatic pelvic or para-aortic lymph nodes. In addition, this whole body scan may also detect occult distant metastases that are not detectable by standard workup. Our initial result of a phase II study---"A Preliminary Report of Using FDG-PET to Detect Extra-pelvic Lesions in Cervical Cancer Patients with Enlarged Pelvic Lymph Nodes Shown on MRI/CT Images” indicated that FDG-PET helped to detect occult or small metastatic lesions, and resulted in a change of radiation treatment plan. Nevertheless, for high-risk group patients, distant metastasis still occurred in a short period after treatment. Therefore, it is also our question that whether the enhancement of detection provided by FDG-PET can be translated into improvement of final overall survival.

To answer these questions, the Gynecologic Oncology Study Group in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has designed a phase III clinical study. Patients with enlarged pelvic lymph node detected on MRI imaging are enrolled and randomized into two groups before the initiation of concurrent chemoradiation.


Genders Eligible for Study:  Female

Inclusion Criteria:

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cervical tumor with histologic diagnosis of verrucous carcinoma or small cell carcinoma
  • Other serious illness or medical condition which would interfere with extended field irradiation or chemotherapy
  • Past or current history of malignancy, except for curatively treated non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Patients not suitable to receive PET study either by technical or psychological reasons
  • Patients who are judged to be noncompliant to treatment or not accessible for follow up

Location and Contact Information

Please refer to this study by identifier  NCT00146458

Chien-Sheng Tsai, M.D.      886-3-3281200  Ext. 2600
Tin-Chang Chang, M.D., MPH.      886-3-3281200  Ext. 8647

      Department of Radiation Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan,  333,  Taiwan; Recruiting
Chien-Sheng Tsai, M.D.  886-3-3281200  Ext. 2600 
Tin-Chang Chang, M.D., MPH.  886-3-3281200  Ext. 8647 
Chien-Sheng Tsai, M.D.,  Principal Investigator

Study chairs or principal investigators

Chien-Sheng Tsai, M.D.,  Principal Investigator,  Department of Radiation Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital   
Tin-Chang Chang, M.D., MPH.,  Study Director,  Director of Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Medical Center   
Chyong-Huey Lai, M.D.,  Study Chair,  Chairman of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Medical Center   

More Information

Publications that report results of this study

Tsai CS, Chang TC, Lai CH, Tsai CC, Ng KK, Hsueh S, Yen TC, Hong JH. Preliminary report of using FDG-PET to detect extrapelvic lesions in cervical cancer patients with enlarged pelvic lymph nodes on MRI/CT. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2004 Apr 1;58(5):1506-12.

Study ID Numbers:  CTRP024; NSC 92-2314-B-182A-084
Last Updated:  September 6, 2005
Record first received:  September 6, 2005 Identifier:  NCT00146458
Health Authority: Taiwan: Department of Health processed this record on 2005-09-13


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