Ontario women to get PET scans to help plan treatment in locally advanced cervix cancer
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VIDEO: Dr. Anthony Fyles, radiation oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, discusses the findings of a study published today in JAMA Network Open. view more 

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(TORONTO, Canada, Sept. 14, 2018) – An Ontario clinical study that shows adding PET imaging to conventional CT imaging to stage locally advanced cervix cancer can change treatment means newly diagnosed women in this province may also receive PET imaging.

The findings are published online today by JAMA Network Open. Co-principal investigators Dr. Anthony Fyles, radiation oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Dr. Lorraine Elit, gynecologic oncologist at Hamilton Health Sciences’ Juravinski Cancer Centre, explain:

“We met our goal of determining whether adding PET detects more extensive disease and influences treatment. The study showed that patients who had PET were twice as likely to have a change in their treatment.”

Locally advanced cervix cancer – about 40-50 per cent of all cervix cancers – is inoperable, but potentially curable with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Women eligible for PET have involved or suspicious lymph node metastases on CT, in which case PET can show additional nodal disease not seen on CT.

Dr. Fyles, also Professor, Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, says: “With PET we always

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