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Routine PET Scans for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: March 22, 2017
Project Number: RB1075-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of routine PET scans for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have CT evidence of metastatic disease and who are not being considered for surgical resection?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of routine PET scans for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have CT evidence of metastatic disease and who are not being considered for surgical resection?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use routine PET scans for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have CT evidence of metastatic disease and who are not being considered for surgical resection?

Key Message

Seven non-randomized studies were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of routine PET scans for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have CT evidence of metastatic disease and who are not being considered for surgical resection.