P10: Is the OctreoScan score a predictive factor of response to somatostatin analogs treatment?
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P10: Is the OctreoScan score a predictive factor of response to somatostatin analogs treatment?

Vincenzo Damiano1, Margaret Ottaviano1, Silvana Del Vecchio2, Sabrina Segreto2, Irene Tucci1, Claudia von Arx1, Giuliano Palumbo1, Sara Pellegrino2, Sabino De Placido1, Mirella Marino3, Giovannella Palmieri1

1Rare Tumors, Medical Oncology, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 2Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 3Pathology, Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy


Background: The somatostatin receptor expression in thymic neoplasms is assessed in vivo imaging by 111In-octreotide SPECT (OctreoScan). This retrospective study aimed to verify the predictive role of intensity expression of OctreoScan to somatostatin analogues treatment.

Methods: We evaluated 28 patients (14 male and 14 female with a median age of 54 years, range, 27–78 years) with thymic tumors candidated to somatostatine analogs therapy as second or third line of treatment or maintenance treatment. For this reason all of them performed OctreoScan of the thorax and tumor-to-background ratio was determined on the 24-h coronal sections. Thymic tumors were classified by WHO 2004 and staged according to Masaoka-Koga system. Specifically, AB three patients; B1 two patients; B2 five patients; B3 nine patients; B2/B3 three patients; thymic carcinoma five patients; B3/thymic carcinoma one patient. All the patients had a III of IV stage of disease. Lesions with pathologically increased tracer uptake were categorized according to the following 3-pointscore: equivocal, probably pathologic, and definitely pathologic.

Results: All patients were OctreoScan positive, four with an equivocal point score, nineteen and five with a probably and definitely pathological score respectively. Somatostatin analogs were administrated as second or third line of therapy in 10 patients, as maintenance therapy in 16 patients and as both of modality in two patients. Median time to progression was 16 months (range, 6–77 months) and it was not influenced by uptake pathological score.

Conclusions: The intensity of uptake of Indium-111-DTPA-D-Phe1-octreotide in thymic tumors is not a predictive factor of response to somatostatin analogues treatment. The OctreoScan positivity is the best rationale for treating thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) with somatostatin analogs.

Keywords: OctreoScan; somatostatin; thymic neoplasms


doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.AB079


Cite this abstract as: Damiano V, Ottaviano M, Del Vecchio S, Segreto S, Tucci I, von Arx C, Palumbo G, Pellegrino S, De Placido S, Marino M, Palmieri G. P10: Is the OctreoScan score a predictive factor of response to somatostatin analogs treatment? J Thorac Dis 2015;7(Suppl 3):AB079. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.AB079

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