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September 26, 2001

PET Improves Cancer Management

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JAMA. 2001;286(12):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1443-JQU10008-4-1

PET scans are an important tool in the staging and clinical management of women with recurrent breast cancer, says a study appearing in the September 4 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Among 50 patients with recurrent breast cancer (treated by 32 physicians) studied, treatment was changed for 60% because of the results of PET scans. These changes included switching from medical treatment to no treatment or changing the existing treatment, such as switching from one kind of chemotherapy to another.

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