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The objective of this pilot study are (i) to compare response to chemotherapy, time to disease progression and overall survival in patients with pancreatic cancer who will be treated with gemcitabine who demonstrate 18F-FLT uptake to those patients who do not demonstrate 18F-FLT uptake; (ii) to correlate 18F-FLT uptake with hENT1 expression with biopsy samples where available; (iii)to determine the presence or absence of uptake, the relative uptake score (RUS) and tumor to background ratios of 18F-FLT in patients with known carcinoma of the pancreas and assess this uptake in relation to time to disease progression; and (iv) to demonstrate the safety of 18F-FLT manufactured at the Edmonton PET Centre.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label
Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) 18F-FLT
Cross Cancer Institute
Alberta Health Services
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:41:00-0400
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