Initial clinical experience with frameless radiosurgery for patients with intracranial metastases

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
International Journal of Radiation OncologyBiologyPhysics (Impact Factor: 4.26). 04/2005; 61(5):1467-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2004.08.021
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To review the initial clinical experience with frameless stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for treating intracranial metastatic disease.
Sixty-four patients received frameless SRS for intracranial metastatic disease. Minimum follow-up was 6 months with none lost to follow-up. Patients had a median of 2 metastases and a maximum of 4. The median number of isocenters was 2 with median arcs of 10 and median dose of 17.5 Gy. Thirteen patients were treated for progressive/recurrent disease after surgical resection or whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT). Fifty-one patients were treated with frameless SRS as an an adjunct to initial treatment. Of the total treated, 17 were treated with SRS alone, 20 were treated with WBRT plus SRS, 16 were treated with surgical resection plus SRS, and the remaining 11 were treated with surgical resection plus WBRT plus SRS.
With a median actuarial follow-up period of 8.2 months, ultimate local control was 88%. The median time to progression was 8.1 months. The median overall survival was 8.7 months. Of the 17 patients treated with SRS alone, 86% had ultimate local control with mean overall survival of 7.1 months. Of the 13 patients who received surgical resection plus SRS without WBRT as primary treatment, there was 85% ultimate local control with an overall survival of 10.3 months. Three patients treated with initial surgery alone had recurrence treated with SRS 2-3 months after resection. All these patients obtained local control and median survival was >10 months. Of the 13 patients who received WBRT followed by SRS as boost treatment, 92% had local control and mean overall survival was 7.3 months. Of 7 patients who received SRS after recurrence after WBRT, 100% had local control with median survival of 8.2 months. For 8 patients who received surgery followed by WBRT and SRS, local control was 50%; however, ultimate intracranial control was achieved in 7 of 8 patients with repeat SRS and surgical resection. The overall survival in this group of patients was 14.7 months. No patient had a serious (Grade 3 or higher) complication requiring intervention.
Frameless optically guided radiosurgery is less invasive, can be performed as a standard radiotherapy-based simulation procedure, and maintains submillimetric accuracy. Our initial results with frameless SRS for metastatic disease suggest survival times and local control (88%) eqiuvalent to frame-based methodologies. Practical noninvasive delivery makes treatment and potential retreatment to avoid WBRT more feasible.

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    • "Because the ultimate validity of a procedure is measured in terms of clinical results, we have examined the local control as the most sensitive clinical outcome for assessing target accuracy for brain metastases treated with frameless SRS. The tumor control of 91% at 12 months and 82% at 24 months is in the best range reported using other frameless stereotactic systems [30-32], and confirms that frameless SRS is a viable option for patients with brain metastases with an outcome similar to that observed following frame-based SRS [33-37]. Certainly, frameless SRS has several advantages compared with traditional frame-based techniques including patient comfort, greater flexibility in scheduling treatment planning and treatment procedure, possibility to treat multiple lesions in different days without the need to reapply a head frame, and the ability to use "multisession radiosurgery" to treat large lesions. "
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    • "The largest series to date includes 64 patients, most of whom also received surgical resection, whole brain radiation treatment, or both. In this series, overall local control was similar to that reported for frame-based radiosurgery at 88% [14, 22–24]. Treatment plans on this frameless series employed 1–7 isocenters and 5–35 treatment arcs. "
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    Journal of Neuro-Oncology 09/2009; 97(1):59-66. DOI:10.1007/s11060-009-9987-0 · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    • "Furthermore, a unique advantage of the present series of patients is that the majority of our patients (82%) did not receive upfront WBRT or surgery, and therefore the influence of WBRT and other initial therapies on our local control rate was minimized. In contrast, other frameless studies have reported only 26–40% [10, 11] of patients treated with frameless SRS alone. "
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