Current Dosing Paradigm For Stereotactic Radiosurgery Alone Following Surgical Resection of Brain Metastases Needs To Be Optimized For Improved Local Control

ArticleinInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 83(1):e61-6 · May 2012with244 Reads
Impact Factor: 4.26 · DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2011.12.017 · Source: PubMed

To describe the use of radiosurgery (RS) alone to the resection cavity after resection of brain metastases as an alternative to adjuvant whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT). Sixty-two patients with 64 cavities were treated with linear accelerator-based RS alone to the resection cavity after surgical removal of brain metastases between March 2007 and August 2010. Fifty-two patients (81%) had a gross total resection. Median cavity volume was 8.5 cm(3). Forty-four patients (71%) had a single metastasis. Median marginal and maximum doses were 18 Gy and 20.4 Gy, respectively. Sixty-one cavities (95%) had gross tumor volume to planning target volume expansion of ≥1 mm. Six-month and 1-year actuarial local recurrence rates were 14% and 22%, respectively, with a median follow-up period of 9.7 months. Six-month and 1-year actuarial distant brain recurrence, total intracranial recurrence, and freedom from WBRT rates were 31% and 51%, 41% and 63%, and 91% and 74%, respectively. The symptomatic cavity radiation necrosis rate was 8%, with 2 patients (3%) undergoing surgery. Of the 11 local failures, 8 were in-field, 1 was marginal, and 2 were both (defined as in-field if ≥90% of recurrence within the prescription isodose and marginal if ≥90% outside of the prescription isodose). The high rate of in-field cavity failure suggests that geographic misses with highly conformal RS are not a major contributor to local recurrence. The current dosing regimen derived from Radiation Therapy Oncology Group protocol 90-05 should be optimized in this patient population before any direct comparison with WBRT.

    • "However, there are few reports describing outcomes for patients with large resection cavities treated with fractionated SRS without WBRT [Table 4]. Reported cases are characterized by cavity volumes ranging from 8.7 to 29.5 cm 3 and low rates of radionecrosis, from 3 to 9 %1920212223 . Series of patients treated with predominantly fractionated regimens report 71–91 % local control, comparable to single fraction series. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is an alternative to post-operative whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) following resection of brain metastases. At our institution, CyberKnife (CK) is considered for local treatment of large cavities ≥2 cm. In this study, we aimed to evaluate patterns of failure and characterize patients best suited to treatment with this approach. We retrospectively reviewed 30 patients treated with CK to 33 resection cavities ≥2 cm between 2011 and 2014. Patterns of intracranial failure were analyzed in 26 patients with post-treatment imaging. Survival was estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method and prognostic factors examined with log-rank test and Cox proportional hazards model. The most frequent histologies were lung (43 %) and breast (20 %). Median treatment volume was 25.1 cm 3 (range 4.7–90.9 cm 3 ) and median maximal postoperative cavity diameter was 3.8 cm (range 2.8–6.7). The most common treatment was 30 Gy in 5 fractions prescribed to the 75 % isodose line. Median follow up for the entire cohort was 9.5 months (range 1.0–34.3). Local failure developed in 7 treated cavities (24 %). Neither cavity volume nor CK treatment volume was associated with local failure. Distant brain failure occurred in 20 cases (62 %) at a median of 4.2 months. There were increased rates of distant failure in patients who initially presented with synchronous metastases (p = 0.02). Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LMC) developed in 9 cases, (34 %). Salvage WBRT was performed in 5 cases (17 %) at a median of 5.2 months from CK. Median overall survival was 10.1 months from treatment. This study suggests that adjuvant CK is a reasonable strategy to achieve local control in large resection cavities. Patients with synchronous metastases at the time of CK may be at higher risk for distant brain failure. The majority of cases were spared or delayed WBRT with the use of local CK therapy.
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    • "A number of studies have now assessed the utility of SRS to the post-operative cavity. Studies have reported rates of LC ranging between 70 and 85 %, 12–18 months following radiation treatment [10, 14, 15]. RTOG 1270/NCCTG N107C is currently open and evaluating outcomes in patients treated with WBRT or SRS cavity boost following surgical resection of brain metastases. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Following surgical resection for brain metastases, fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) has been used as an alternative to single dose treatment for large cavities and to reduce risks of late toxicity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of patients treated with FSRT to the post-operative bed for both radioresistant and radiosensitive brain metastases. Between December 2009 and May 2013 a total of 65 patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases were treated with resection followed by FSRT. Patients were treated to a total dose of 20-30 Gy in five fractions. Median planning target volume (PTV) was 16.88 cm(3) (range 4.87-128.43 cm(3)). The median follow-up for all patients was 8.5 months (range 1.1-28.6 months) with a median of 12.9 months for living patients. One and two year Kaplan-Meier estimates of local control were 87.0 and 70.0 %, respectively. Local control at 1 year was 85.6 and 88.0 % for radioresistant and radiosensitive tumors, respectively (p = 0.44). A PTV ≥17 cm(3), was associated with local failure, HR 8.63 ((1.44-164.78); p = 0.02). One and two year distant control rates were 50.9 and 46.2 %, respectively with six patients (9.2 %) experiencing leptomeningeal disease. OS rates at 1 and 2 years were 65.2 and 47.5 %, respectively. Survival was significantly associated with recursive partitioning analysis class (p = 0.001) and graded prognostic assessment score (p = 0.005). One case of radionecrosis was noted on follow-up imaging. FSRT in five fractions offers excellent local control in both radiosensitive and radioresistant tumors with minimal toxicity.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) is a mainstay of treatment in patients with both identifiable brain metastases and prophylaxis for microscopic disease. The use of WBRT has decreased somewhat in recent years due to both advances in radiation technology, allowing for a more localized delivery of radiation, and growing concerns regarding the late toxicity profile associated with WBRT. This has prompted the development of several recent and ongoing prospective studies designed to provide Level I evidence to guide optimal treatment approaches for patients with intracranial metastases. In addition to defining the role of WBRT in patients with brain metastases, identifying methods to improve WBRT is an active area of investigation, and can be classified into two general categories: Those designed to decrease the morbidity of WBRT, primarily by reducing late toxicity, and those designed to improve the efficacy of WBRT. Both of these areas of research show diversity and promise, and it seems feasible that in the near future, the efficacy/toxicity ratio may be improved, allowing for a more diverse clinical application of WBRT.
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