A phase II trial of accelerated hypofractionated three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
ABSTRACT The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of accelerated hypofractionated radiotherapy (HypoRT) combined with sequential chemotherapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
A total of 34 patients with stage III NSCLC were enrolled. All patients received accelerated HypoRT (initially 50Gy/20 fractions, then a fraction dose of 3Gy) using three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), omitting elective nodal irradiation (ENI), to a total dose of 65-68Gy. All patients received two cycles of induction chemotherapy; 1-2 cycles of consolidation chemotherapy were given to 31 patients. The primary outcome measure was a profile of radiation toxicity. The secondary endpoints included overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), locoregional PFS (LR-PFS) and the pattern of initial failure.
Radiation toxicity was minimal. The median and 3-year OS, PFS were 19.0 months, 32.1%; 10.0 months, 29.8%, respectively. The 1-, 2-, and 3-year LR-PFS were 69.6%, 60.9% and 60.9%, respectively. No patient experienced isolated elective nodal failure as the first site of failure.
This study suggests that accelerated HypoRT using 3D-CRT omitting ENI can be used in combination with sequential chemotherapy in locally advanced NSCLC.
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ABSTRACT: Radiation dose in the setting of chemo-radiation for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been historically limited by the risk of normal tissue toxicity and this has been hypothesized to correlate with the poor results in regard to local tumor recurrences. Dose escalation, as a means to improve local control, with concurrent chemotherapy has been shown to be feasible with three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy in early phase studies with good clinical outcome. However, the potential superiority of moderate dose escalation to 74 Gy has not been shown in phase III randomized studies. In this review, the limitations in target volume definition in previous studies; and the factors that may be critical to safe dose escalation in the treatment of locally advanced NSCLC, such as respiratory motion management, image guidance, intensity modulation, FDG-positron emission tomography incorporation in the treatment planning process, and adaptive radiotherapy, are discussed. These factors, along with novel treatment approaches that have emerged in recent years, are proposed to warrant further investigation in future trials in a more comprehensive and integrated fashion.Frontiers in oncology. 01/2014; 4:156.
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ABSTRACT: Purpose. A "dose bricks" concept has been used to implement nasopharyngeal carcinoma treatment plan; this method specializes particularly in the case with bell shape nasopharyngeal carcinoma case. Materials and Methods. Five noncoplanar fields were used to accomplish the dose bricks technique treatment plan. These five fields include (a) right superior anterior oblique (RSAO), (b) left superior anterior oblique (LSAO), (c) right anterior oblique (RAO), (d) left anterior oblique (LAO), and (e) superior inferior vertex (SIV). Nondivergence collimator central axis planes were used to create different abutting field edge while normal organs were blocked by multileaf collimators in this technique. Results. The resulting 92% isodose curves encompassed the CTV, while maximum dose was about 115%. Approximately 50% volume of parotid glands obtained 10-15% of total dose and 50% volume of brain obtained less than 20% of total dose. Spinal cord receives only 5% from the scatter dose. Conclusions. Compared with IMRT, the expenditure of planning time and costing, "dose bricks" may after all be accepted as an optional implementation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma conformal treatment plan; furthermore, this method also fits the need of other nonhead and neck lesions if organ sparing and noncoplanar technique can be executed.BioMed Research International 01/2014; 2014:720876. · 2.71 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background and purpose Induction chemotherapy is associated with anemia in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients undergoing radiotherapy. This randomized, open-label study compared the effect of sequential radiochemotherapy (RCHT) versus RCHT + epoetin alfa (RCHT + EPO), with respect to 2-year overall survival (OS). Material and methods Patients ⩾ 18 years received sequential RCHT; one arm also received EPO (chemotherapy day 1, when Hb < 12 g/dL). Kaplan–Meier analysis with log-rank test, and Cox-regression methods were performed. Results Of the 385 patients randomized (RCHT + EPO: n = 195; RCHT: n = 190), 78 (RCTH + EPO: 46 [23.6%]; RCHT: 32 [16.8%]) were anemic at baseline. Two-year OS was higher in RCHT + EPO-treated versus RCHT-treated (28.5% [95% CI: 22.2–35.1%] versus 20.6% [95% CI: 15.1–26.8%] [p = 0.2278]), and requirement for RBC transfusion was lower (24/195 [12.3%] versus 61/190 [32.1%]). In anemic (baseline) patients (post hoc analysis), median survival was shorter in RCTH-treated (212 days) versus RCHT + EPO-treated (343 days) (Hazard ratio = 1.62 [95% CI: 0.99–2.63], p = 0.0525). Adverse events were documented in 72.7% (RCHT + EPO: 75.0%; RCHT: 70.5%) patients, and thrombovascular events (TVEs) in 45 patients (RCHT + EPO: 16.7%; RCHT: 7.9%; p = 0.0099). Conclusions A statistically non-significant trend for 2-year OS was observed in a sub-group of EPO-treated NSCLC-patients with baseline anemia, although this trend was not maintained in the overall population with inoperable NSCLC.Radiotherapy and Oncology 07/2014; · 4.52 Impact Factor