Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy Outcomes in a North American Cohort With Metastatic Well-Differentiated Neuroendocrine Tumors

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The objective of this study was to describe the outcomes of patients in the University of Iowa Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET) Database treated with peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT).


One hundred thirty-five patients from the University of Iowa NET Database who received PRRT were analyzed, their characteristics were described, and survival was calculated.


The median age at diagnosis was 51 years, and 64% were men. The primary tumor was located in the small bowel (SBNET) in 37.8%, in the pancreas (PNET) in 26.0%, in the lung in 13.3%, in unknown primary in 9.6%, and in other sites in 13.3%. A radiographic response of any magnitude was observed in 65.8%, 11.1% had a mixed response, and 15.4% showed progression. The overall survival (OS) from the first PRRT was 40 months, and the median time to progression was 23.9 months. Higher pretreatment chromogranin A and pancreastatin levels predicted inferior OS.


Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy resulted in a relatively long OS and time to progression in heavily pretreated North American patients with advanced NETs. Elevated pretreatment chromogranin A and pancreastatin predicted shorter OS after therapy. Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy is a valuable treatment option in patients with advanced NETs, especially SBNETS.

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