Institutional experience in the treatment of colorectal liver metastases with stereotactic body radiation therapy

Alejandra Méndez Romero, Fatma Keskin-Cambay, Rob M. van Os, Joost J. Nuyttens, Ben J. M. Heijmen, Jan N. M. Ijzermans, Cornelis Verhoef

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To investigate whether the impact of dose escalation in our patient population represented an improvement in local control without increasing treatment related toxicity. A cohort of consecutive patients with colorectal liver metastases treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) between December 2002 and December 2013 were eligible for this study. Inclusion criteria were a Karnofsky performance status ≥80% and, according to the multidisciplinary tumor board, ineligibility for surgery or radiofrequency ablation. Exclusion criteria were a lesion size >6 cm, more than 3 metastases, and treatment delivered with other fractionation scheme than 3 times 12.5 Gy or 16.75 Gy prescribed at the 65-67% isodose. To analyze local control, CT or MRI scans were acquired during follow-up. Toxicity was scored using the Common Toxicity Criteria Adverse Events v4.0. A total of 40 patients with 55 colorectal liver metastases were included in this study. We delivered 37.5 Gy to 32 lesions, and 50.25 Gy to 23 lesions. Median follow-up was 26 and 25 months for these two groups. Local control at 2 and 3 years was 74 and 66% in the low dose group while 90 and 81% was reached in the high dose group. No significant difference in local control between the two dose fractionation schemes could be found. Grade 3 toxicity was limited and was not increased in the high dose group. SBRT for colorectal liver metastases offers a high chance of local control at long term. High irradiation doses may contribute to enhance this effect without increasing toxicity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-131
JournalReports of practical oncology and radiotherapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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