Efficacy of 177Lu Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy for the Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Meta-analysis

Clin Nucl Med. 2019 Sep;44(9):719-727. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002646.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of Lu-labeled peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) induction treatments for patients with unresectable metastatic neuroendocrine tumors.

Methods: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Ovid were systematically searched with keywords "lutetium," "Lu-177," "PRRT," "neuroendocrine," and "prognosis." Studies evaluating treatment with Lu-labeled PRRT were assessed for disease response and/or disease control rate by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.0 or 1.1, modified RECIST, Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), or modified SWOG criteria. Pooled proportions of disease response and control rates were calculated for both fixed- and random-effects models.

Results: Eighteen studies with 1920 patients were included (11 with 1268 patients using RECIST and 6 with 804 patients using SWOG). By RECIST criteria, the pooled disease response rate by random-effects model was 29.1% (95% confidence interval [CI], 20.2%-38.9%), and disease control rate was 74.1% (95% CI, 67.8%-80.0%). By SWOG criteria, the pooled disease response rate by random-effects model was 30.6% (95% CI, 20.7%-41.5%), and disease control rate was 81.1% (95% CI, 76.4%-85.4%).

Conclusions: Induction therapy, typically 4 treatments, with Lu PRRT is an effective method of treating unresectable metastatic neuroendocrine tumors with significant disease response and control rates.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lutetium / therapeutic use*
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors / diagnosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors / metabolism*
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors / pathology
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors / radiotherapy*
  • Prognosis
  • Radioisotopes / therapeutic use*
  • Receptors, Peptide / metabolism*


  • Radioisotopes
  • Receptors, Peptide
  • Lutetium
  • Lutetium-177