FDG-PET and Circulating HPV in Patients With Cervical Cancer Treated With Definitive Chemoradiation (II) (HPVDNA02)

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University Health Network, Toronto




Cervical Cancer


Diagnostic Test: [18-F]- FDG - PET

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be detected in cancer tissue by laboratory tests. There is evidence that the virus can also be detected from a blood sample to monitor the effects of treatment. Previous studies have shown that a special test called 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET-CT) at 3 months after treatment may predict survival in cervical cancer. The purpose of this study is to see how well the FDG-PET Scan and blood tests for HPV can detect leftover cervical cancer cells after treatment. This study is not a particular form of treatment and patients will receive standard of care treatment.

Full description

Cervical cancer is the 4th most common malignancy in women worldwide. A significant proportion of women with locally advanced cervical cancer are primarily managed with chemotherapy and radiotherapy which has improved the 5-year survival and disease-free survival; however both local and distant recurrences still remain to be challenges after treatment. A prospective study has shown that metabolic response on post-therapy FDG-PET scan at 3 months to be predictive of progression-free and overall survival in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer. It may also predict patterns of failures for these patients. HPV is recognized as a necessary cause of the vast majority of cervical cancer and HPV DNA has been detected in circulation from patients with cervical cancer and oropharyngeal cancer at diagnosis and at the time of relapse. Despite the promising potential of HPV DNA to monitor response and detect recurrence at an early stage, no study has evaluated serial HPV DNA and its association with PET response and survival. We have recently reported preliminary data from a feasibility study (HPVDNA01) on 20 patients. Detectable HPV DNA at the end of cervical radiation therapy predated the clinical diagnosis of metastases and was associated with inferior progression-free survival. Also, 3 month plasma HPV DNA level was more accurate than 3-month FDG PET imaging in detecting leftover disease. This follow-up study aims to validate the clinical utility of plasma HPV DNA detection.


64 estimated patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Histologically confirmed squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma or adenosquamous carcinoma of the cervix, FIGO stage IB-IVA
  • 3.1.2 Planned for radical radiotherapy and concurrent cisplatin chemotherapy.
  • 3.1.3 Age ≥ 18 years.

Exclusion criteria

  • Evidence of distant metastases (suspicious paraaortic nodes below the renal vessels allowed if they will be encompassed within the radiation field)
  • Patients who have received any anticancer treatment for their cervical cancer.
  • Other cervical cancer tumor histologies (e.g. small cell, serous)
  • Contraindications to 18FDG PET-CT
  • Contraindication to radiotherapy (e.g. severe Crohn's disease)
  • Contraindication to chemotherapy (e.g. non-reversible renal failure)
  • History of another invasive malignancy, except for non-melanoma skin cancer or tumors curatively treated with no evidence of disease for ≥ 5 years.
  • Known pregnancy or lactating

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

64 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
[F-18] - FDG PET Scan and blood sample to measure HPV DNA
Diagnostic Test: [18-F]- FDG - PET

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Kathy Han, MD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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