Multimodal CEA-targeted fluorescence and radioguided cytoreductive surgery for peritoneal metastases of colorectal origin

Nat Commun. 2022 May 12;13(1):2621. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-29630-9.


In patients with colorectal peritoneal metastases scheduled for cytoreductive surgery, accurate preoperative estimation of tumor burden and subsequent intraoperative detection of all tumor deposits remains challenging. In this study ( NCT03699332) we describe the results of a phase I clinical trial evaluating [111In]In-DOTA-labetuzumab-IRDye800CW, a dual-labeled anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (anti-CEA) antibody conjugate that enables both preoperative imaging and intraoperative radioguidance and fluorescence imaging. Primary study outcomes are safety and feasibility of this multimodal imaging approach. Secondary outcomes are determination of the optimal dose, correlation between tracer uptake and histopathology and effects on clinical strategy. Administration of [111In]In-DOTA-labetuzumab-IRDye800CW is well-tolerated and enables sensitive pre- and intraoperative imaging in patients who receive 10 or 50 mg of the tracer. Preoperative imaging revealed previously undetected lymph node metastases in one patient, and intraoperative fluorescence imaging revealed four previously undetected metastases in two patients. Alteration of clinical strategy based on multimodal imaging occurred in three patients. Thus, multimodal image-guided surgery after administration of this dual-labeled tracer is a promising approach that may aid in decision making before and during cytoreductive surgical procedures.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen
  • Colorectal Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Colorectal Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Cytoreduction Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Humans
  • Optical Imaging / methods
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms* / secondary
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms* / surgery


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen

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