Radiologic measurements of tumor response to treatment: practical approaches and limitations
2008 (English)In: Radiographics, ISSN 0271-5333, E-ISSN 1527-1323, Vol. 28, no 2, 329-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective response assessment is important to describe the treatment effect of anticancer drugs. Standardization by using a "common language" is also important for comparison of results from different trials. In contrast to clinical results, which can be subjective, diagnostic imaging provides a greater opportunity for objectivity and standardization. It was generally accepted that a decrease in tumor size correlated with treatment effect; as a result, imaging was adopted for lesion measurement in the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria in 1979. However, because of some limitations of the WHO criteria, the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) were introduced in 2000. In RECIST, imaging was recognized as indispensable for response evaluation of solid tumors. Nevertheless, the widespread use of multidetector computed tomography and other imaging innovations have made RECIST outdated, with a concomitant need for modifications. Meanwhile, newer anticancer agents with targeted mechanisms of action have demonstrated an inherent limitation and unsuitability of anatomic tumor evaluation that assesses only lesion size. In addition, the effect of these new drugs changes the paradigm according to which tumor response or response rate is measured. Complete and partial responses cannot be the end points in all clinical trials; in some cases, disease control or progression-free survival may be the more relevant end point.
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2008. Vol. 28, no 2, 329-44 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105128DOI: 10.1148/rg.282075068PubMedID: 18349443OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105128DiVA: diva2:220535