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Br J Radiol ; 93(1108): 20190792, 2020 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31939310


OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility and optimal restricted angle of the complete-directional-complete block (CDCB) technique in helical tomotherapy (HT) by including regional nodal irradiation (RNI) with the internal mammary node (IMN) in left-sided breast cancer. METHODS: Ten left-sided breast cancer patients treated with 50 Gy in 25 fractions were compared with five-field intensity-modulated radiation therapy (5F-IMRT) and six types of HT plans. In the HT plans, complete block (CB), organ-based directional block (OBDB) and CDCB with different restricted angles were used. RESULTS: The conformity index (CI) between the CDCB0,10,15,20 and 5F-IMRT groups was similar. Compared to CB, OBDB and 5F-IMRT, CDCB20 resulted in a decreased ipsilateral mean lung dose. The low-dose region (V5) of the ipsilateral lung in OBDB (84.0%) was the highest among all techniques (p < 0.001). The mean dose of the heart in CB was significantly reduced (by 11.5-22.4%) compared with other techniques. The V30 of the heart in CDCB20 (1.9%) was significantly lower than that of CB, OBDB and 5F-IMRT. Compared to the mean dose of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery of 5F-IMRT (27.0 Gy), CDCB0, CDCB10, CDCB15, CDCB20 and OBDB reduced the mean dose effectively by 31.7%, 38.3%, 39.6%, 42.0 and 56.2%, respectively. Considering the parameters of the organs-at-risk (OARs), CDCB10,15,20 had higher expectative values than the other techniques (p = 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: HT with the CDCB technique is feasible for treating left-sided breast cancer patients. The CDCB10-20 techniques not only achieved similar planning target volume coverage, homogeneity and dose conformity but also allowed better sparing of the heart and bilateral lungs. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: For left-sided breast cancer patients whose RNI field includes the IMN, heart avoidance is an important issue. The CDCB technique achieved good PTV coverage, homogeneity and dose conformity and allowed better sparing of the mean dose of the lung, the LAD artery, and the heart and reduced the V30 of the heart.

Coração/efeitos da radiação , Pulmão/efeitos da radiação , Irradiação Linfática/métodos , Órgãos em Risco/efeitos da radiação , Lesões por Radiação/prevenção & controle , Radioterapia de Intensidade Modulada/métodos , Neoplasias Unilaterais da Mama/radioterapia , Fracionamento da Dose de Radiação , Estudos de Viabilidade , Feminino , Humanos , Órgãos em Risco/diagnóstico por imagem , Planejamento da Radioterapia Assistida por Computador/métodos , Neoplasias Unilaterais da Mama/diagnóstico por imagem
Biomed Res Int ; 2015: 959504, 2015.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25767810


Radiation pneumonitis (RP) is a common complication for radiotherapy of esophageal cancer and is associated with the low dose irradiated lung volume. This study aims to reduce the mean lung dose (MLD) and the relative lung volume at 20 Gy (V 20) and at low dose region using various designs of the fan-shaped complete block (FSCB) in helical tomotherapy. Hypothetical esophageal tumor was delineated on an anthropomorphic phantom. The FSCB was defined as the fan-shaped radiation restricted area located in both lungs. Seven treatment plans were performed with nonblock design and FSCB with different fan angles, that is, from 90° to 140°, with increment of 10°. The homogeneous index, conformation number, MLD, and the relative lung volume receiving more than 5, 10, 15, and 20 Gy (V 5, V 10, V 15, and V 20) were determined for each treatment scheme. There was a substantial reduction in the MLD, V 5, V 10, V 15, and V 20 when using different types of FSCB as compared to the nonblock design. The reduction of V 20, V 15, V 10, and V 5 was 6.3%-8.6%, 16%-23%, 42%-57%, and 42%-66% for FSCB 90°-140°, respectively. The use of FSCB in helical tomotherapy is a promising method to reduce the MLD, V 20, and relative lung volume in low dose region, especially in V 5 and V 10 for esophageal cancer.

Neoplasias Esofágicas/radioterapia , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/efeitos da radiação , Pneumonite por Radiação/prevenção & controle , Radioterapia de Intensidade Modulada/efeitos adversos , Radioterapia de Intensidade Modulada/métodos , Relação Dose-Resposta à Radiação , Humanos , Imagens de Fantasmas , Pneumonite por Radiação/patologia , Dosagem Radioterapêutica