[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to implement accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) by means of image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IG-IMRT) following breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for low-risk early invasive breast cancer. Between July 2011 and March 2014, 60 patients with low-risk early invasive (St I-II) breast cancer who underwent BCS were enrolled in our phase II prospective study. Postoperative APBI was given by means of step and shoot IG-IMRT using 4 to 5 fields to a total dose of 36.9 Gy (9×4.1 Gy) using a twice-a-day fractionation. Before each fraction, series of CT images were taken from the region of the target volume using a kV CT on-rail mounted in the treatment room. An image fusion software was used for automatic image registration of the planning and verification CT images. Patient set-up errors were detected in three directions (LAT, LONG, VERT), and inaccuracies were adjusted by automatic movements of the treatment table. Breast cancer related events, acute and late toxicities, and cosmetic results were registered and analysed. At a median follow-up of 24 months (range 12-44) neither locoregional nor distant failure was observed. Grade 1 (G1), G2 erythema, G1 oedema, and G1 and G2 pain occurred in 21 (35%), 2 (3.3%), 23 (38.3%), 6 (10%) and 2 (3.3%) patients, respectively. No G3-4 acute side effects were detected. Among late radiation side effects G1 pigmentation, G1 fibrosis, and G1 fat necrosis occurred in 5 (8.3%), 7 (11.7%), and 2 (3.3%) patients, respectively. No ≥G2 late toxicity was detected. Excellent and good cosmetic outcome was detected in 45 (75%) and 15 (25%) patients. IG-IMRT is a reproducible and feasible technique for the delivery of APBI following conservative surgery for the treatment of low-risk, early-stage invasive breast carcinoma. Preliminary results are promising, early radiation side effects are minimal, and cosmetic results are excellent.
No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Magyar Onkológia
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to implement accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) by means of three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) following breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for early-stage breast cancer. Between December 2006 and February 2011, in 45 cases of low-risk, stage I-II breast cancer the tumour bed was marked with titanium clips during BCS. Postoperative APBI was given by means of 3D-CRT using 3 to 5 non-coplanar fields. The total dose of APBI was 36.9 Gy (9 x 4.1 Gy) using a twice-a-day fractionation over 5 consecutive days. Early and late radiation side effects and cosmetic results were analysed for the first 30 patients with a minimum follow-up of 1 year. At a mean follow-up of 25.2 months neither loco-regional nor distant failure was observed. Excellent, good, fair, and poor cosmetic outcome was detected in 10 (33.3%), 16 (53.4%), 4 (13.3%), and 0 (0%) patients, respectively. Grade 2 or worse acute side effect was not observed. Grade 1 fibrosis, grade 2 teleangiectasia and asymptomatic fat necrosis occurred in 4 (13.3%), 1 (3.3%) and 5 (16.7%) patients, respectively. No grade 3-4 late side effects were detected. 3D-CRT is a reproducible and feasible technique for the delivery of APBI following conservative surgery for the treatment of low-risk, early-stage invasive breast carcinoma. The preliminary results are promising, early- and mid-term radiation side effects are rare, and cosmetic results are excellent.
No preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Magyar Onkológia
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Data from various sources indicate that after breast conserving surgery (BCS), younger patients have a high risk of local relapse, but there is insufficient evidence about the risk of post-mastectomy local recurrence. This study investigates the risk of local recurrence for young (< or = 40 years) patients treated with either conservative or radical surgery, with or without radiotherapy (RT).
148 young (< or = 40 years) women with early invasive breast cancer underwent axillary dissection and mastectomy (n = 92) or BCS (n = 56) between January 1983 and December 1997. When adjuvant RT was given, the median dose was 50 Gy. The risk factors of local recurrence were estimated by uni- and multivariate analysis.
At a median follow-up time of 199 months 60 (40.5%) women died of breast cancer. The type of surgery (mastectomy vs. wide tumour excision) had no significant impact on breast cancer-specific survival. The crude rate of local relapse for nonirradiated mastectomy and BCS patients was 24% and 75% (p = 0.0041), and for irradiated patients 4% and 23%, respectively (p = 0.0091). After mastectomy in univariate analysis nodal status (negative vs. positive) and RT (no vs. yes) were significant predictors of local control, but tumour size (T1 vs. T2) and histological grade (1-2 vs. 3) were not. In multivariate analysis both nodal involvement and omission of RT remained independent significant negative predictors of local control. After BCS in univariate analysis extensive intraductal component (EIC, negative vs. positive) and RT (no vs. yes) were significant predictors of local control, but tumour size (T1 vs. T2), nodal status (N0 vs. N1) and histological grade (1-2 vs. 3) were not. In multivariate analysis omission of RT and presence of EIC remained independent significant negative predictors of local control. The 15-year actuarial rate of local relapse was 29% for irradiated, and 75% for nonirradiated BCS patients (RR, 0.21; 95% CI, 0.07-0.55; p = 0.0052). The 15-year actuarial rate of local recurrence was 6% for irradiated, and 46% for nonirradiated node-positive mastectomy patients (RR, 0.12; 95% CI, 0.06-0.96; p = 0.0095).
The incidence of local recurrence is high for young patients treated either with BCS or mastectomy, and RT significantly reduces the risk. The use of postmastectomy RT in node-positive patients gives a good local control. The efficacy of BCS and RT as a treatment modality for young patients needs further investigations.
No preview · Article · Feb 2005 · Magyar Onkológia