Diagnostic and Prognostic Value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Recurrent Germinal Tumor Carcinoma - Pierpaolo Alongi

(Length of discussion - 8 minutes)

Approximately 25% of testicular cancer patients present with advanced stage disease. Once chemotherapy is administered, radiologically-detectable residual masses are found in about 60% of these patients, making it difficult for a clinician to diagnose residual disease versus fibrosis or necrosis. Long-term survivable rates for these patients is generally favorable, however an accurate diagnostic tool capable of predicting survival is key to ensuring the best treatment strategy. Dr. Pierpaolo Alongi discusses his study to evaluate the performance of 18F-FDG PET/CT during the restaging process, the effect of treatment decisions, and the prognostic value of FDG-PET/CT in patients with suspected recurrent GTC after treatment.

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Biography:
Dr. Pierpaolo Alongi is a Nuclear Medicine Physician and oversees PET and scientific activities at the Unit of Nuclear Medicine - Fondazione Istituto G.Giglio Cefalù, Italy. Dr. Alongi has also served as the National Coordinator of Young AIMN group (Associazione Italiana di Medicina Nucleare e Imaging Molecolare) since 2013.


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