A Consensus-based Guideline Deﬁning the Clinical Target Volume for Pelvic Lymph Nodes in External Beam Radiotherapy for Uterine Cervical Cancer
ABSTRACT To develop a consensus-based guideline as well as an atlas defining pelvic nodal clinical target volumes in external beam radiotherapy for uterine cervical cancer.
A working subgroup to establish the consensus-based guideline on clinical target volumes for uterine cervical cancer was formulated by the Radiation Therapy Study Group of the Japan Clinical Oncology Group in July 2008. The working subgroup consisted of seven radiation oncologists. The process resulting in the consensus included a comparison of contouring on CT images among the members, reviewing of published textbooks and the relevant literature and a distribution analysis of metastatic nodes on computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging of actual patients.
The working subgroup defined the pelvic nodal clinical target volumes for cervical cancer and developed an associated atlas. As a basic criterion, the lymph node clinical target volume was defined as the area encompassed by a 7 mm margin around the applicable pelvic vessels. Modifications were made in each nodal area to cover adjacent adipose tissues at risk of microscopic nodal metastases. Although the bones and muscles were excluded, the bowel was not routinely excluded in the definition. Each of the following pelvic node regions was defined: common iliac, external iliac, internal iliac, obturator and presacral. Anatomical structures bordering each lymph node region were defined for six directions; anterior, posterior, lateral, medial, cranial and caudal. Drafts of the definition and the atlas were reviewed by members of the JCOG Gynecologic Cancer Study Group (GCSG).
We developed a consensus-based guideline defining the pelvic node clinical target volumes that included an atlas. The guideline will be continuously updated to reflect the ongoing changes in the field.
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ABSTRACT: For definitive treatment of carcinoma cervix with conformal radiation techniques, accurate target delineation is vitally important, yet a consensus definition of clinical target volume (CTV) remains variable within the literature. The aim of the present article is to review the guidelines for CTV delineation published in the literature and to present the guidelines practiced at our institute. For this a literature pub med/medline search was performed from January 2000 to December 2012 and reviewed to identify published articles on guidelines for CTV primary and pelvic lymph node (LN) delineation for carcinoma cervix. Taking into consideration the traditional bony landmark based fields for treating cancer cervix, the knowledge of the patterns of disease spread and recurrence and the findings from imaging studies identifying typical anatomic distributions of areas at risk of harbouring subclinical disease, the differences in various guidelines have been analyzed and discussed. The CTV in cervical cancer consists of the CTV nodal and CTV primary. In all the published guidelines, CTV nodal consists of common iliac, external iliac, internal iliac, pre-sacral and obturator group of lymph nodes, and CTV primary consists of the gross tumor volume, uterine cervix, uterine corpus, parametrium, upper third of vagina and uterosacral ligaments. The various guidelines differ however, in the definition for these individual component structures. This is the first report to provide the complete set of guidelines for delineating both the CTV primary and CTV nodal in combination.Journal of cancer research and therapeutics 10/2013; 9(4):574-82. DOI:10.4103/0973-1482.126450 · 0.95 Impact Factor
- International Journal of Clinical Oncology 01/2011; 16:379-386. · 2.17 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To assess radiotherapy protocol compliance in a multi-institutional phase II study of concurrent chemoradiotherapy for patients with locally advanced cancer of the uterine cervix (JGOG1066). For study protocol development, various radiotherapy parameters were examined and consensus was reached by Japanese radiation oncologists with cervical cancer treatment expertise. Quality assurance (QA) was also discussed and included in the protocol. A credentialing process was used to select institutions for participation in the study. Individual case reviews referring to 18 QA items were undertaken for each patient. Radiotherapy data were submitted to the Japanese Gynecologic Oncology Group (JGOG) data center and reviewed by the members of the radiotherapy committee. The QA evaluation was classed as per protocol, deviation, and violation. Individual case reviews were performed on 69 of 72 patients entered in the study. In 24 patients (35%), there were no deviations for any QA items. There were also no deviations seen for 5 of the 18 items in 69 patients evaluated. Deviations of 64 QA items were seen in 45 cases, and violations were seen in 4 cases (4 items). The most common deviation concerned appropriate application for the external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) boost to involved nodes or parametrium (32 cases). The 4 violations were identified in the QA items regarding high-dose rate intracavitary brachytherapy. Radiotherapy protocol compliance was favorable except for the EBRT boost indications. The results of this study validate the quality of radiotherapy in JGOG1066, and indicate that the final analysis will provide meaningful results.International Journal of Clinical Oncology 02/2011; 16(4):379-86. DOI:10.1007/s10147-011-0196-4 · 2.17 Impact Factor