Positron emission tomography scan to determine the need for neck dissection after chemoradiation for head and neck cancer: Timing is everything

Christopher A. Canning, Samuel Gubbels, Crispin Chinn, Mark Wax, John M. Holland

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Abstract

We present a case of a negative positron emission tomography (PET) scan in a patient with pathologic viable cancer at neck dissection. STUDY DESIGN: Case Report. METHODS: A 69-year-old man presented with clinical stage T2N2c squamous cell cancer of the left tonsil and was treated with definitive chemoradiation. Left-sided adenopathy decreased but remained palpable after therapy. RESULTS: PET scan performed 23 days after completion of treatment showed no suspicious uptake in the left neck. Neck dissection performed at 2 months post-therapy revealed viable tumor in left cervical nodes. CONCLUSIONS: Persistent adenopathy after chemoradiation for head and neck cancer remains a clinical dilemma. A negative PET scan is accurate but only if the scan is performed 3 to 4 months after therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2206-2208
Number of pages3
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume115
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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