Pilot study of stereotactic body radiotherapy for huge hepatocellular carcinoma unsuitable for other therapies

Department of Radiation Oncology, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul, Korea.
Tumori (Impact Factor: 1.27). 01/2010; 96(1):65-70. DOI: 10.1700/479.5653
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To determine the feasibility and efficacy of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for huge hepatocellular carcinoma unsuitable for other therapies.
Six patients with very large hepatocellular carcinomas (>10 cm) unsuitable for surgical resection or that failed to respond to transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) were treated by SBRT. Doses ranged from 32 Gy to 40 Gy in four fractions. Survival, response, and toxicities were evaluated.
After a median follow-up of 25.9 months (range 8.1-56 months), three patients had died and three were alive. Overall, treatment was well tolerated and no dose-limiting toxicity or radiation-induced liver disease was observed. The median survival was 10 months (range 3-56 months) and the median progression-free duration was 6 months (range, 2-21 months). Partial response was achieved by four patients, stable disease by one, and one patient had disease progression. One patient with a partial response who underwent lobectomy after SBRT was alive 56 months post-SBRT.
This study suggests that SBRT can be delivered safely at 32-40 Gy in four fractions to huge hepatocellular carcinoma. Furthermore, combinations of SBRT with other modalities such as surgery or TACE might prolong survival.

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    • "Therefore, several alternative modalities of surgery such as transarterial chemoembolization, percutaneous ethanol injection, radiofrequency ablation, sorafenib, or radiotherapy (RT) have been used234567. Although recent advances in RT techniques including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) have augmented the role of RT in HCC6789101112, in the past, RT had a limited role because of the high risk of liver toxicities such as Radiat Oncol J 2015;33(3):233-241 radiation-induced liver disease (RILD), which is believed to be an almost fatal complication once it occurs131415. "
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    • "With the help of internal markers (fiducials) and synchrony tracking of tumor during respiration. SBRT with Cyberknife (Accuray Inc, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) allows more accurate application by reducing the error margin with reducing the amount of normal tissue exposure during treatment, enhancing the chance of treating larger tumor with limited normal liver available or tumor in close proximity to critical organs [14-17]. Furthermore, fractionated SBRT may have 3 times the biological effect of conventional fractionated radiation therapy [18,19]. "
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