FDG PET during radiochemotherapy is predictive of outcome at 1 year in non-small-cell lung cancer patients: a prospective multicentre study (RTEP2)

  • Pierre VeraEmail author
  • Sandrine Mezzani-Saillard
  • Agathe Edet-Sanson
  • Jean-François Ménard
  • Romain Modzelewski
  • Sebastien Thureau
  • Marc-Etienne Meyer
  • Khadija Jalali
  • Stéphane Bardet
  • Delphine Lerouge
  • Claire Houzard
  • Françoise Mornex
  • Pierre Olivier
  • Guillaume Faure
  • Caroline Rousseau
  • Marc-André Mahé
  • Philippe Gomez
  • Isabelle Brenot-Rossi
  • Naji Salem
  • Bernard Dubray
Original Article



To assess prospectively the prognostic value of FDG PET/CT during curative-intent radiotherapy (RT) with or without concomitant chemotherapy in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


Patients with histological proof of invasive localized NSCLC and evaluable tumour, and who were candidates for curative-intent radiochemotherapy (RCT) or RT were preincluded after providing written informed consent. Definitive inclusion was conditional upon significant FDG uptake before RT (PET1). All included patients had a FDG PET/CT scan during RT (PET2, mean dose 43 Gy) and were evaluated by FDG PET/CT at 3 months and 1 year after RT. The main endpoint was death (from whatever cause) or tumour progression at 1 year.


Of 77 patients preincluded, 52 were evaluable. Among the evaluable patients, 77 % received RT with induction chemotherapy and 73 % RT with concomitant chemotherapy. At 1 year, 40 patients (77 %) had died or had tumour progression. No statistically significant association was found between stage (IIIB vs. other), histology (squamous cell carcinoma vs. other), induction or concomitant chemotherapy, and death/tumour progression at 1 year. The SUVmax in the PET2 scan was the single variable predictive of death or tumour progression at 1 year (odds ratio 1.97, 95 % CI 1.25 – 3.09, p = 0.003) in multivariate analysis. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.85 (95 % CI 0.73 – 0.94, p < 10−4). A SUVmax value of 5.3 in the PET2 scan yielded a sensitivity of 70 % and a specificity of 92 % for predicting tumour progression or death at 1 year.


This prospective multicentre study demonstrated the prognostic value in terms of disease-free survival of SUVmax assessed during the 5th week of curative-intent RT or RCT in NSCLC patients (NCT01261598; RTEP2 study).


Positron emission tomography Fluoro-deoxy-d-glucose Lung cancer Radiochemotherapy Predictive value 



We thank the patients who agreed to participate in the present study and their respective referring pneumonologists, nuclear medicine physicians and radiation oncologists from the participating centres (Nantes, Rouen, Amiens, Caen, Nancy, Creteil and Lyon). The authors thank the technologist and assistants of the Department of Nuclear Medicine (Centre Henri Becquerel) for their help in managing the patients. We are particularly grateful to Drs. L.P. Pepin and P. Gouel and Mr. A. Dumouchel from the clinical research unit for their excellent collaboration.

Research support

This study was supported by a grant from the Ligue Contre le Cancer de Haute Normandie and the North Ouest Canceropole (Institut National du Cancer; INCa).

Conflicts of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Vera
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sandrine Mezzani-Saillard
    • 2
  • Agathe Edet-Sanson
    • 1
  • Jean-François Ménard
    • 3
  • Romain Modzelewski
    • 1
  • Sebastien Thureau
    • 2
  • Marc-Etienne Meyer
    • 4
  • Khadija Jalali
    • 5
  • Stéphane Bardet
    • 6
  • Delphine Lerouge
    • 7
  • Claire Houzard
    • 8
  • Françoise Mornex
    • 9
  • Pierre Olivier
    • 10
  • Guillaume Faure
    • 11
  • Caroline Rousseau
    • 12
  • Marc-André Mahé
    • 13
  • Philippe Gomez
    • 14
    • 15
  • Isabelle Brenot-Rossi
    • 16
  • Naji Salem
    • 17
  • Bernard Dubray
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Henri Becquerel Cancer CenterHenri Becquerel Center & QuantIF - Litis [EA (Equipe d’Accueil) 4108] & Rouen University HospitalRouenFrance
  2. 2.Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics, Henri Becquerel Cancer CenterHenri Becquerel Center & QuantIF - Litis [EA (Equipe d’Accueil) 4108] & Rouen University HospitalRouenFrance
  3. 3.Department of BiostatisticsRouen University Hospital and University of RouenRouenFrance
  4. 4.Department of Nuclear MedicineAmiens University HospitalAmiensFrance
  5. 5.Department of Radiation OncologyAmiens University HospitalAmiensFrance
  6. 6.Department of Nuclear MedicineFrançois Baclesse Cancer CenterCaenFrance
  7. 7.Department of Radiation OncologyFrançois Baclesse Cancer CenterCaenFrance
  8. 8.Department of Nuclear MedicineHospices Civils de LyonLyonFrance
  9. 9.Department of Radiation OncologyHospices Civils de LyonLyonFrance
  10. 10.Department of Nuclear MedicineBrabois University HospitalNancyFrance
  11. 11.Department of Radiation OncologyCentre privé de Radiothérapie de MetzMetzFrance
  12. 12.Department of Nuclear MedicineRenée Gauducheau Cancer CenterNantesFrance
  13. 13.Department of Radiation OncologyInstitut de cancérologie-René GauducheauNantesFrance
  14. 14.Radiation OncologyCentre Frédéric JoliotRouenFrance
  15. 15.Clinique Saint-HilaireRouenFrance
  16. 16.Department of Nuclear MedicineInstitut Paoli CalmetteMarseilleFrance
  17. 17.Department of Radiation OncologyInstitut Paoli CalmetteMarseilleFrance

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