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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-73

Evaluation of diffusion-weighted imaging as a predictive marker for tumor response in patients undergoing chemoradiation for postoperative recurrences of cervical cancer


1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Navi Mumbai, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Navi Mumbai, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics, Tata Memorial Hospital, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Supriya Chopra
Department of Radiation Oncology, PS-246 Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai - 410 210, Maharshtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.95177

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Purpose: To investigate diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) as a response biomarker in patients undergoing chemoradiation for postoperative recurrences of cervical cancer. Materials and Methods: From October 2008 to March 2011, 20 patients were included. All underwent T2-weighted (T2W) and DWI before and after chemoradiation. Gross tumor volume (GTV), lateral extent, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and presence of regions of focally restricted diffusion were determined at baseline. Response to chemoradiation was categorized as either partial or complete. Receiver operator characteristics (ROC) curve identified thresholds of GTV and ADC that best predict for partial response. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed on SPSS version 15. Results: The median GTV was 24.5 cc (4.1-110 cc). Central and lateral disease was present in 8 and 12 patients, respectively. The median ADC was 1 × 10 -3 mm 2 /s (0.8-1.3 × 10 -3 mm 2 /s) and 12/20 (60%) patients had focal restricted diffusion. Overall 10/20 patients had partial response. ROC analysis identified volume of 25 cc or higher [sensitivity = 80%, specificity = 80%, area under curve (AUC) = 0.76, P = 0.04] and ADC more than 1 × 10 -3 mm 2 /s (sensitivity = 70%, specificity = 50%, AUC = 0.62; P = 0.34) to best predict for partial response. On univariate analysis bulky disease (77.7% vs. 27%; P = 0.03), lateral disease (66.6% vs. 25%; P = 0.08), and focal regions of restricted diffusion (66.6% vs. 25%; P = 0.06) predicted for partial response to chemoradiation. All factors continued to be significant on multivariate analysis. On restricting analysis to bulky tumors ADC greater than 0.95 × 10 -3 mm 2 /s predicted partial response with high sensitivity (85.7%) and specificity (100%) (AUC 0.96; P = 0.05). On univariate analysis lateral disease (P = 0.04), high baseline ADC (P = 0.07) predicted for partial response. Conclusions: Baseline ADC and focal regions of ADC restriction predict for partial response with moderate sensitivity and specificity in patients with postoperative recurrences of cervical cancer and need to be validated in larger cohort.


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