Radiosurgery without whole brain radiotherapy in melanoma brain metastases. Club de Cancérologie Cutanée.

Abstract

To evaluate the effectiveness of radiosurgery without whole brain radiotherapy in the palliative treatment of melanoma brain metastases, we retrospectively assessed the results in 35 patients: 4 with a solitary brain metastasis, 13 with a single brain metastasis and metastases elsewhere and 18 with multiple brain metastases. The local control rate was 98.2% (55/56 metastases) at 3 months. Median survival was 22 months in patients with a solitary brain metastasis, 7.5 months in patients with a single brain metastasis and metastases elsewhere, and 4 months in patients with multiple brain metastases. Complications were unusual and surgery was required in 2 of 35 patients. These results show for the first time that melanoma patients with a unique brain metastasis with or without metastases elsewhere clearly benefit from tumour control easily obtained by radiosurgery. Although the comparison of radiosurgery with surgery and/or whole brain radiotherapy cannot be adequately addressed, radiosurgery alone seems to provide similar results with lower morbidity and impact on quality of life.

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@article{Grob1998RadiosurgeryWW, title={Radiosurgery without whole brain radiotherapy in melanoma brain metastases. Club de Canc{\'e}rologie Cutan{\'e}e.}, author={Jean-Jacques Grob and Jean R{\'e}gis and Renaud Laurans and Mich{\`e}le M Delaunay and Pierre Wolkenstein and Kathy Paul and Pierre Souteyrand and M-C Koeppel and Xavier Murraciole and J C Perragut and J-J Bonerandi}, journal={European journal of cancer}, year={1998}, volume={34 8}, pages={1187-92} }