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Radiation Oncology

Alexander Romagna, Marcus Unterrainer, Christine Schmid-Tannwald, Matthias Brendel, Jörg-Christian Tonn, Silke Birgit Nachbichler, Alexander Muacevic, Peter Bartenstein, Friedrich-Wilhelm Kreth, Nathalie Lisa Albert
BACKGROUND: After focused high dose radiotherapy of brain metastases, differentiation between tumor recurrence and radiation-induced lesions by conventional MRI is challenging. This study investigates the usefulness of dynamic O-(2-(18)F-Fluoroethyl)-L-Tyrosine positron emission tomography ((18)F-FET PET) in patients with MRI-based suspicion of tumor recurrence after focused high dose radiotherapy of brain metastases. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with 34 brain metastases (median age 61...
October 21, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Jeong-Eun Rah, Gwe-Ya Kim, Do Hoon Oh, Tae Hyun Kim, Jong Won Kim, Dae Yong Kim, Sung Yong Park, Dongho Shin
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dosimetric benefits of a proton arc technique for treating tumors of the para-aortic lymph nodes (PALN). METHOD: In nine patients, a proton arc therapy (PAT) technique was compared with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and proton beam therapy (PBT) techniques with respect to the planning target volume (PTV) and organs at risk (OAR). PTV coverage, conformity index (CI), homogeneity index (HI) and OAR doses were compared...
October 21, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Wei Yu, Wei Hu, Yongjie Shui, Xiaoyang Zhu, Chao Li, Xiaoqiu Ren, Xueli Bai, Risheng Yu, Li Shen, Tingbo Liang, Lei Zheng, Qichun Wei
OBJECTIVES: To explore the areas at highest risk for postoperative pancreatic cancer local recurrence according to the spatial location of local failures, with the aim to provide a precise target volume for pancreatic cancer adjuvant radiotherapy. METHODS: Patients with pancreatic cancer who had undergone surgery for the primary tumor in pancreas at our institution from January 2010 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. All local recurrences were plotted on the computed tomography (CT) image of a representative patient according to their relative coordinates to superior mesenteric artery (SMA) or celiac axis (CA)...
October 19, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Gaber Plavc, Jasna But-Hadžić, Aleksandar Aničin, Boštjan Lanišnik, Vojislav Didanović, Primož Strojan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence and to review experience with the treatment of mucosal melanoma of the head and neck (MMHN) in Slovenia between 1985 and 2013. METHODS: The National Cancer Registry database and clinical records with outcome data of identified patients treated during the period 1985-2013 in Slovenia were reviewed. RESULTS: In a 29-year period, 61 patients with MMHN were identified, representing 0.5 % of all head and neck malignant tumors and 42 % of all mucosal melanomas in Slovenia...
October 14, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Fien Hoefkens, Charlotte Dehandschutter, Johan Somville, Paul Meijnders, Dirk Van Gestel
Soft tissue sarcomas are uncommon tumours of mesenchymal origin, most commonly arising in the extremities. Treatment includes surgical resection in combination with radiotherapy. Resection margins are of paramount importance in surgical treatment of soft tissue sarcomas but unambiguous guidelines for ideal margins of resection are still missing as is an uniform guideline on the use of radiotherapy.The present paper reviews the literature on soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities regarding the required resection margins, the impact of new radiotherapy techniques and the timing of radiotherapy, more particularly if it should be administered before or after surgical resection...
October 12, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Giuseppe Minniti, Mattia Falchetto Osti, Maximillian Niyazi
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) delivered as either single-fraction or multi-fraction SRS (2-5 fractions) is frequently employed in patients with residual or recurrent pituitary adenoma. The most common delivery systems used for SRS include the cobalt-60 system Gamma Knife, the CyberKnife (CK) robotic radiosurgery system, or a modified conventional radiotherapy machine (linear accelerator, LINAC). Tumor control and normalization of hormone hypersecretion have been reported in 75-100 % and 25-80 % of patients, respectively...
October 11, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Julian Steitz, Patrick Naumann, Silke Ulrich, Matthias F Haefner, Florian Sterzing, Uwe Oelfke, Mark Bangert
INTRODUCTION: The efficacy of radiation therapy treatments for pancreatic cancer is compromised by abdominal motion which limits the spatial accuracy for dose delivery - especially for particles. In this work we investigate the potential of worst case optimization for interfractional offline motion mitigation in carbon ion treatments of pancreatic cancer. METHODS: We implement a worst case optimization algorithm that explicitly models the relative biological effectiveness of carbon ions during inverse planning...
October 7, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Christoph Straube, Steffi U Pigorsch, Hagen Scherb, Jan J Wilkens, Henning Bier, Stephanie E Combs
BACKGROUND: Especially elderly and frail patients have a limited ability to compensate for side effects of a radical treatment of head and neck malignancies. Limiting the target volume to the macroscopic disease, without prophylactic nodal irradiation, might present a feasible approach for these patients. The present work therefore aims evaluating an IMRT/IGRT -SIB concept for safety and efficacy. METHODS: The study retrospectively enrolled 27 patients with head and neck cancers treated between 01/2012 and 05/2015...
October 6, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Ning Wen, Siming Lu, Jinkoo Kim, Yujiao Qin, Yimei Huang, Bo Zhao, Chang Liu, Indrin J Chetty
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dosimetric uncertainty associated with Gafchromic™ (EBT3) films and establish a practical and efficient film dosimetry protocol for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). METHOD AND MATERIALS: EBT3 films were irradiated at each of seven different dose levels between 1 and 15 Gy with open fields and standard deviations of dose maps were calculated at each color channel for evaluation...
October 4, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Naomi E Verstegen, Alexander P W M Maat, Frank J Lagerwaard, Marinus A Paul, Michel I Versteegh, Joris J Joosten, Willem Lastdrager, Egbert F Smit, Ben J Slotman, Joost J M E Nuyttens, Suresh Senan
INTRODUCTION: The literature on surgical salvage, i.e. lung resections in patients who develop a local recurrence following stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is limited. We describe our experience with salvage surgery in nine patients who developed a local recurrence following SABR for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Patients who underwent surgical salvage for a local recurrence following SABR for NSCLC were identified from two Dutch institutional databases...
October 3, 2016: Radiation Oncology
David N Teguh, René Bol Raap, Henk Struikmans, Cees Verhoef, Linetta B Koppert, Arne Koole, Yadi Huang, Rob A van Hulst
INTRODUCTION: This study examines patient reported outcome measures of women undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) after breast-conserving therapy. METHOD: Included were 57 women treated with HBOT for late radiation-induced tissue toxicity (LRITT) referred in the period January 2014-December 2015. HBOT consisted of (on average) 47 sessions. In total, 80 min of 100 % O2 was administered under increased pressure of 2.4 ATA. Quality of life was assessed before and after treatment using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-BR23, and a NRS pain score...
September 29, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Abel Cordoba, Alexandre Escande, Stephanie Lopez, Laurent Mortier, Xavier Mirabel, Bernard Coche-Déqueant, Eric Lartigau
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September 28, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Sergiu Scobioala, Christopher Kittel, Nicolas Wissmann, Uwe Haverkamp, Mohammed Channaoui, Omar Habibeh, Khaled Elsayad, Hans Theodor Eich
BACKGROUND: Comparing radiation treatment plans to ascertain the optimal intensity-modulated radiation technique for low-risk prostate cancer. METHODS: Treatment plans for 20 randomly selected patients were generated using the same dose objectives. A dosimetric comparison was performed between various intensity-modulated techniques, including protons. All treatment plans provided conventional treatment with 79.2Gy. Dosimetric indices for the target volume and organs at risk (OAR), including homogeneity index and four conformity indices were analyzed...
September 27, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Ruijian Li, Liang Yu, Sixiang Lin, Lina Wang, Xin Dong, Lingxia Yu, Weiyi Li, Baosheng Li
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The use of involved field radiotherapy (IFRT) has generated concern about the increasing incidence of elective nodal failure (ENF) in contrast to elective nodal irradiation (ENI). This meta-analysis aimed to provide more reliable and up-to-date evidence on the incidence of ENF between IFRT and ENI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched three databases for eligible studies where locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients received IFRT or ENI...
September 21, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Fiorenza De Rose, Antonella Fogliata, Davide Franceschini, Piera Navarria, Elisa Villa, Cristina Iftode, Giuseppe D'Agostino, Luca Cozzi, Francesca Lobefalo, Pietro Mancosu, Stefano Tomatis, Marta Scorsetti
BACKGROUND: To report toxicity and early clinical outcomes of hypofractionated simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) approach with Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) as adjuvant treatment after breast-conserving surgery. METHODS: Patients presenting early-stage breast cancer were enrolled in a phase II trial. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: age > 18 years old, invasive cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), Stage I-II (T < 3 cm and N ≤ 3), breast-conserving surgery without oncoplastic reconstruction...
September 17, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Sarah Baker, Max Dahele, Frank J Lagerwaard, Suresh Senan
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality, and radiotherapy plays a key role in both curative and palliative treatments for this disease. Recent advances include stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), which is now established as a curative-intent treatment option for patients with peripheral early-stage NSCLC who are medically inoperable, or at high risk for surgical complications. Improved delivery techniques have facilitated studies evaluating the role of SABR in oligometastatic NSCLC, and encouraged the use of high-technology radiotherapy in some palliative settings...
September 6, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Jong In Park, Sung Whan Ha, Jung-In Kim, Hyunseok Lee, Jaegi Lee, Il Han Kim, Sung-Joon Ye
BACKGROUND: For breast cancer patients who require electron boost energies between 6 and 9 MeV, an energy degraders (ED) in the 9 MeV beamline was specially designed and manufactured to increase the skin dose of 6 MeV and to reduce the penetration depth of 9 MeV beams. METHODS: We used Monte Carlo (MC) techniques as a guide in the design of ED for use with linear accelerators. In order to satisfy percent depth dose (PDD) characteristics and dose profile uniformity in water, the shape and thickness of Lucite® ED in the 9 MeV beamline was iteratively optimized and then manufactured...
August 31, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Michel Zimmermann, Christoph Oehler, Ulrich Mey, Pirus Ghadjar, Daniel Rudolf Zwahlen
Two large, recently published observational studies demonstate a clear down-trend in the use of radiotherapy (RT) over the last 15 years, both in the setting of follicular and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. This change of practice might have a negative impact on clinical outcome. Even within the context of modern systemic therapy, omission of RT translates not only into a shorter progression-free survival (PFS), but also into a worse overall survival (OS). RT should therefore remain standard practice.This short review is aiming to summarize current guidelines and the best evidence available in the management of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma...
August 30, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Liang-Hua Ma, Guang Li, Hong-Wei Zhang, Zhi-Yu Wang, Jun Dang, Shuo Zhang, Lei Yao
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of histology on survival stratified by the Graded Prognostic Assessment (GPA) for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a group of selected patients treated recently. METHODS: A total of 171 NSCLC patients with brain metastases treated by hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy with or without whole-brain radiotherapy between 2001 and 2011 were included. The GPA score was calculated for each patient...
July 13, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Domenico Gabriele, Barbara A Jereczek-Fossa, Marco Krengli, Elisabetta Garibaldi, Maria Tessa, Gregorio Moro, Giuseppe Girelli, Pietro Gabriele
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work is to develop an algorithm to predict recurrence in prostate cancer patients treated with radical radiotherapy, getting up to a prognostic power higher than traditional D'Amico risk classification. METHODS: Two thousand four hundred ninety-three men belonging to the EUREKA-2 retrospective multi-centric database on prostate cancer and treated with external-beam radiotherapy as primary treatment comprised the study population. A Cox regression time to PSA failure analysis was performed in univariate and multivariate settings, evaluating the predictive ability of age, pre-treatment PSA, clinical-radiological staging, Gleason score and percentage of positive cores at biopsy (%PC)...
February 24, 2016: Radiation Oncology
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