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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 155-160

Actual gains in dosimetry and treatment delivery efficiency from volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy for inoperable, locally advanced lung cancer over five-field forward-planned intensity-modulated radiotherapy

1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Medical Physics, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Medical Statistics, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. R K Shrimali
Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_79_17

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AIMS: Volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy (VMAT) is used for inoperable, locally advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer, where three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) cannot yield an acceptable plan. METHODS: The planning and treatment data were prospectively collected on the first 18 patients treated using VMAT plans. We analyzed the actual dosimetric gain and impact on treatment, compared with complex multisegment 3D-CRT (five-field forward-planned intensity-modulated radiotherapy [IMRT]) that were generated for treatment. Proportion of planning target volume (PTV) receiving 95% dose (PTV-V95%) conformity index (CI), conformity number (CN), dose homogeneity index (DHI), monitor units (MUs), and treatment time were also analyzed. RESULTS: The PTV coverage (PTV-V95%) was improved from a median of 91.41% for 5-F forward-IMRT to 98.25% for VMAT (P < 0.001). The CI improved with a mean of 1.12 for VMAT and 1.31 for 5-F forward-IMRT (P < 0.001). The mean DHI improved from 1.15 for forward-IMRT to 1.08 for VMAT (P < 0.001). The mean CN improved from 0.62 for forward-IMRT to 0.87 for VMAT (P < 0.001). No significant increase in the low-dose bath (V5, V10 and mean lung dose) to the lung was seen. Significantly higher number of MUs (P < 0.001) and shorter treatment delivery times (P = 0.03) were seen with VMAT. CONCLUSION: VMAT resulted in improvement in target volume coverage, demonstrated by PTV-V95%, CI, CN, and DHI, without any increase in the low-dose bath to the lung. For conventional fractionation, VMAT requires more MUs (P < 0.001) but has a shorter treatment delivery time (P = 0.03) per fraction.


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