Could refined tumor response criteria save more lives?

July 31, 2019 | Article

The Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) guidelines are likely not sensitive enough for tumor assessment and can lead to inconsistent results. Research by Dr. Christiane Kuhl showed that when a group of five readers, three of which were radiologists, reviewed metastatic tumors on patient’s CT scans based on the RECIST guidelines, the readers selected the same group of representative tumors only 40.5% of the time and chose different tumors 59.5% of the time, despite using the same RECIST-based criteria. This lead to differing treatment recommendations for many patients.

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