18F-Fluorothymidine PET is an early and superior predictor of progression-free survival following chemoimmunotherapy of diffuse large B cell lymphoma: a multicenter study

Ryogo Minamimoto, Luis Fayad, Julie Vose, Jane Meza, Ranjana Advani, Jordan Hankins, Felix Mottaghy, Homer Macapinlac, Alexander Heinzel, Malik E. Juweid, Andrew Quon

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine whether interim 3′-deoxy-3′-[18F]fluorothymidine (iFLT) PET/CT is a superior predictor of progression-free survival (PFS) compared with interim 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (iFDG) PET/CT in patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) or rituximab, etoposide, prednisone, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, and doxorubicin (R-EPOCH). Methods: Ninety-two prospectively enrolled patients with DLBCL underwent both FLT-PET/CT and FDG-PET/CT 18–24 days after two cycles of R-CHOP/R-EPOCH. Deauville-criteria, PERCIST1.0, standardized uptake value (SUV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), and metabolic tumor volume were used to interpret iFDG-PET/CT while dichotomous visual interpretation was used to interpret iFLT-PET/CT and the results were compared with the 3- and 5-year PFS. Results: iFLT-PET/CT was negative in 67 (73%) and positive in 25 (27%) patients. iFDG-PET/CT by Deauville criteria was negative (Deauville scores [DS] of 1–3) in 53 (58%) and positive (DS = 4–5) in 39 (42%) patients. Of the 67 iFLT-PET/CT-negative patients, 7 (10.4%) progressed at a median of 14.1 months whereas 14/25 (56.0%) iFLT-PET/CT-positive patients progressed at a median of 7.8 months (P <.0001). Of the 53 Deauville-negative patients, 9 (17.0%) progressed at a median of 14.1 months whereas 12/39 (30.8%) Deauville-positive patients progressed at a median of 5.6 months (P =.11). In multivariate analysis, including iFLT-PET/CT, PERCIST, interim TLG, and interim SUVmax, only iFLT-PET/CT was an independent predictor for 3- and 5-year PFS (P <.0001 and P =.001, respectively). Conclusions: In patients with DLBCL given R-CHOP/R-EPOCH, iFLT-PET/CT is a superior independent predictor of outcome compared with iFDG-PET/CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2883-2893
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • DLBCL
  • FDG
  • FLT
  • PET/CT
  • PFS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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