The impact of radiation dose and fractionation on outcomes for limited-stage small-cell lung cancer.


PURPOSE To review the treatment outcomes of limited-stage small-cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC) patients and to compare the outcomes among three groups in which the total radiation doses were 45 Gy with accelerated hyperfractionation (AHF), <54 Gy with standard fractionation (SF), and > or =54 Gy with SF. METHODS AND MATERIALS LS-SCLC patients that had been treated with chemoradiotherapy between 1997 and 2007 at Aichi Cancer Center Hospital were reviewed in this study. Of the 127 eligible patients, there were 37 patients in the AHF group, 29 in the SF <54 Gy group, and 61 in the SF > or =54 Gy group. RESULTS Fifty-five patients (43%) were alive at the time of this analysis, and the median follow-up time of the surviving patients was 33 months. The median survival times were 30.0 months (95% confidence interval [CI] 16.3-43.7) for the AHF group, 14.0 months (CI 6.6-21.4) for the SF <54 Gy group, and 41.0 months (CI 33.9-48.1) for the SF > or = 54 Gy group. As for the local control rates, and the overall and progression-free survival rates, all outcomes were significantly lower in the SF <54 Gy group than in the other two groups, although no significant difference was found between the AHF and SF >/=54 Gy groups. CONCLUSIONS These results suggest the importance of a high dose of radiation when using once-daily regimen. This study will support future prospective studies to establish optimal radiation doses and fractionation.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.03.069

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@article{Tomita2010TheIO, title={The impact of radiation dose and fractionation on outcomes for limited-stage small-cell lung cancer.}, author={Natsuo Tomita and Takeshi Kodaira and Toyoaki Hida and Hiroyuki Tachibana and Tatsuya Nakamura and Rie Nakahara and Haruo Inokuchi}, journal={International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics}, year={2010}, volume={76 4}, pages={1121-6} }