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Accurate staging is essential for providing appropriate therapy for small-cell lung cancer because patients with disease confined to one hemi-thorax (limited stage) are treated quite differently that those with more extensive disease at presentation. In the current report from a single institution, the value of pretreatment PET was determined. Of 24 patients considered by conventional imaging studies to have limited disease, two were correctly upstaged on the basis of the PET.

PET Scanning for Accurate Staging of SCLC