The role of response evaluation criteria in solid tumour in anticancer treatment evaluation: Results of a survey in the oncology community

Yan Liu, Saskia Litière, Elisabeth Ge De Vries, Daniel Sargent, Lalitha Shankar, Jan Bogaerts, Lesley Seymour

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Purpose With the increasing use of novel targeted agents and the development of high imaging techniques, response evaluation criteria in solid tumour (RECIST) 1.1 developed primarily for cytotoxic agents and anatomic imaging, has demonstrated limitations. A survey was conducted of RECIST users to identify concerns and their suggestions for future RECIST criteria. Methods 140 key partners of the RECIST collaboration were asked to complete a questionnaire. The 49 questions concerned (a) satisfaction and concerns with RECIST 1.1; (b) use of modified RECIST criteria and (c) suggestions for the next RECIST Version. Results Sixty-five replies were received. 52.3% responders were satisfied with RECIST 1.1, while 10.8% indicated dissatisfaction. Areas of potential weakness included: (a) lack of incorporation of potential early indicators of response such as functional imaging, (b) lack of validation in rarer tumour types and (c) lack of validation for novel (targeted) agents. Suggestions were multiple, with highest numbers on two points: developing sub-criteria for certain disease types and including advanced imaging techniques for the evaluation. Conclusions Constructive suggestions were received for optimising the next version. Ongoing data collection will make it possible to investigate the possible utilisation of fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) imaging in tumour assessment, to verify whether RECIST is/can still be applicable in novel targeted therapy and to consider the need for criteria for specific disease types.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-266
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2014



  • Advanced MR techniques
  • Targeted agents
  • Tumour assessment criteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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