PET Scans in Patients With Head And Neck Cancer Who Are Undergoing 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy And Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
RATIONALE: Imaging procedures, such as PET scans, may determine the extent of cancer and help doctors plan radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving radiation therapy that uses a 3-dimensional image of the tumor to help focus thin beams of radiation directly on the tumor, and giving radiation therapy in higher doses over a shorter period of time, may kill more tumor cells and have fewer side effects. Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying PET scans to see how well they work in patients with head and neck cancer who are undergoing 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
Head and Neck Cancer
Radiation: 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy
Radiation: fludeoxyglucose F 18
Radiation: intensity-modulated radiation therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Contribution of Positron Emission Tomography in Biological Targeting by Conformational Radiotherapy and Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy of Ear, Nose and Throat Tumors|
- Difference between the target volume to be irradiated as measured by conventional imagining and PET [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
- To assess the value of pre-treatment PET in determining the target volume in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing three-dimensional conformational radiotherapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy.
- To evaluate variations in weekly fludeoxyglucose F 18 PET imaging during the first 5 weeks of treatment.
- To determine the relationship between changes in tumor metabolism during radiotherapy and control tumor at 3 months and at 1 year post-treatment.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
Patients undergo fludeoxyglucose F18 PET (FDG-PET) in addition to conventional imaging at baseline. Patients undergo standard three-dimensional conformational radiotherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy 5 days a week for 5 weeks.
Some patients also undergo weekly FDG-PET during treatment.