What is the role of PET scanning in the preoperative workup for partial nephrectomy nephron-sparing surgery (NSS)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Reza Ghavamian, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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The role of PET scanning in RCC is not well established, although its role has been studied to a limited extent. The extent to which it can help in the identification of limited nodal disease is not well known. However, it has been used for monitoring the response to therapy (to interleukin-2) of the original tumor and metastatic sites. It may allow for the identification of appropriate marker lesions for further monitoring of therapy and can be yet another way to characterize tumors in patients with a complete response.


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