A volumetric analysis of GTVD and CTVHR as defined by the GEC ESTRO recommendations in FIGO stage IIB and IIIB cervical cancer patients treated with IGABT in a prospective multicentric trial (EMBRACE).

Research paper by Noha N Jastaniyah, Kenji K Yoshida, Kari K Tanderup, Jacob Christian JC Lindegaard, Alina A Sturdza, Christian C Kirisits, Barbara B Šegedin, Umesh U Mahantshetty, Bhavana B Rai, Ina-Maria IM Jürgenliemk-Schulz, Christine C Haie-Meder, Susovan S Banerjee, Richard R Pötter,

Indexed on: 28 Jul '16Published on: 28 Jul '16Published in: Radiotherapy & Oncology


To quantify the gross tumor volume at diagnosis (GTVD) and high-risk clinical target volume (CTVHR) at brachytherapy (BT) and describe subgroups of patients with different patterns of response to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in patients with FIGO stage IIB and IIIB cervical cancer treated with image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT). Additionally, to evaluate the feasibility of IGABT achieving adequate target coverage in these groups.Patients with FIGO stage IIB and IIIB cervical cancer enrolled in the EMBRACE study were analyzed. T2-weighted MRI scans were obtained at diagnosis and at BT. GTVD and CTVHR were defined as per the GEC ESTRO recommendations. Patients were classified taking into account that initial tumor volume and response to CRT represented by the volume of residual disease (CTVHR) and extent of residual parametrial disease are all major factors determining local dose delivery by BT, local control, and overall disease outcome. These factors were quantified applying the following criteria: (1) volume of the GTVD relative to the median volume of the GTVD; (2) the ratio (R) of CTVHR to GTVD for each patient; (3) the extent of residual parametrial disease at the time of BT. Accordingly, patients were classified into six groups (G1-G6): stage IB1-like tumors (G1), tumors with good response and any size (G2), small tumors with moderate response (G3), large tumors with moderate response (G4), tumors with poor response (G5) and those with progressive disease (G6). Tumor and treatment characteristics were then compared among the first five groups (only 3 patients were allocated to G6).A total of 481 patients were evaluated. The number of patients in the 6 groups were 55, 78, 123, 147, 75 and 3, respectively. The mean (SD) GTVD was 43.6 (32.8)cm(3) and the mean (SD) CTVHR was 31.6 (16.1)cm(3). The mean GTVD and CTVHR were 12.6cm(3) and 23.7cm(3) in G1 (R>1.1), 47.5cm(3) and 25.3cm(3) in G2 (R<0.9), 23.9 cm(3) and 29.9cm(3) in G3 (R 0.9-1.1), 73.4cm(3) and 38.5cm(3) in G4 (R 0.9-1.1), 79.4cm(3) and 59.5cm(3) in G5 (R>1.1), respectively. Parametrial disease extent at BT was as follows: no involvement in G1 and G2, proximal at most in G3 and G4, distal or to the pelvic wall in G5, progressive in G6. The use of interstitial needles was progressively higher among the groups (mean 0, 0, 2, 3, 6 in G1-5, P<0.001). The mean GTVBT D100 in G1-5 was 103.1Gy, 91.8Gy, 93.5Gy, 88.3Gy and 87.1Gy. The mean CTVHR D90 in G1-5 was 95.1Gy, 92.1Gy, 92.6Gy, 87.6Gy and 88.4Gy.In patients with FIGO stage IIB and IIIB disease, intra-FIGO stage heterogeneity and overlap between the two stages exist with respect to tumor volume, treatment response and extent of parametrial disease at BT. Taking into account GTVD, parametrial disease at BT and the ratio of CTVHR/GTVD, five major groups exist. These enable prediction of GTVBT and CTVHR dose coverage through BT. IGABT, as performed in EMBRACE, accommodates to a considerable degree for the different variants of tumor regression in these groups through adaptation of the treatment technique including the use of needles. However, major variations remain at present with regard to dose to GTVBT and to CTVHR, which are most pronounced in G4 and G5. This new classification will be validated in future in regard to clinical outcome in EMBRACE.

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