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    MA01 - Early Stage Lung Cancer: Questions and Controversies (ID 894)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Treatment of Early Stage/Localized Disease
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/24/2018, 10:30 - 12:00, Room 202 BD
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      MA01.10 - Toxicity and Local Control in “Ultra-Central” Lung Tumors Treated With SBRT or High-Dose Hypofractionated RT (ID 13969)

      11:35 - 11:40  |  Author(s): Dominique McKnight

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      Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for central lung tumors has been associated with higher rates of severe toxicity. Data suggests that tumors with specific high-risk features, namely GTV abutting proximal bronchial tree (PBT), trachea or PTV intersecting esophagus (“ultra-central” tumors), are at risk of severe complications. We sought to evaluate toxicity and efficacy for high-risk lung tumors treated with SBRT in our institution.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      All patients treated with SBRT for central lung tumors during 2008 to 2017 were reviewed to identify ultra-central tumors. Patients who received more than 4 Gy per fraction and BED10≥84 were included in the analysis. The primary endpoint was grade 3+ adverse events potentially attributable to RT, based on CTCAE 4.0. Secondary endpoints were local control (LC) and overall survival (OS) for primary lung cancer patients, Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to estimate LC and OS.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      We identified 88 patients who met the inclusion criteria (76 with abutment of PBT, 8 with abutment of trachea, 22 with overlap of esophagus, and 17 with multiple structures at risk). The median follow-up was 21.5 (95%CI, 12.5 to 30.5) months. Forty-six patients had primary NSCLC, 7 had locally recurrent NSCLC and 35 had lung metastases. The prescription doses were 400cGy x 15 (n=21), 750cGy x 8 (n=13), 1000cGy x 5 (n=29) and 900cGy x 5 (n=25). Eight patients (9.1%), all abutting the PBT, experienced fatal complications potentially related to RT. Four patients developed fatal pulmonary hemorrhage. Maximum point doses to PBT were 54.9Gy, 51.4Gy, 49.4Gy (in 5 fractions) and 63.8Gy (8 fractions) and 2 of them had received bevacizumab in close proximity to RT. Four patients developed fatal pneumonia/radiation pneumonitis (all had pre-existing COPD). No Grade 4 toxicity was identified. Grade 3 overall toxicity rate was 12.5%. Only 3 of 22 (13.6%) patients whose PTV overlapped with esophagus had Grade 3 toxicity. The 1-year and 2-year LC for the whole cohort were 87.5% and 79.1%, respectively. The 1, 2-year OS for primary NSCLC patients were 77.8% and 62.6%, respectively.

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      To our knowledge, this is the largest reported series of patients who received SBRT for ultra-central tumors. RT achieves high rates of local control in these patients, but the rate of severe or fatal toxicity is substantial. Further studies are needed to establish the relationship between SBRT and toxicity in these patients.


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