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RapidArc Combined with DIBH Technique for Thoracic Esophageal Carcinoma: The Potential Value of Target Immobilization and Reduced Lung Density in Dose Escalation

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D Zhai

Y Yin1, T Liu2, D Zhai3*, (1) ,jinan, ,(2) ,,,(3) Shandong Cancer Hospital & Institute, Jinan, Shandong

SU-E-T-605 Sunday 3:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: To compare the dosimetric benefits of Rapidarc (RA) combined with deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) with those of other standard techniques, including free breathing (FB) during fixed-field intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and dual arc RA, in the treatment of patients with thoracic esophageal carcinoma (EC).

Methods: Ten patients with EC underwent computed tomography (CT) scans under 2 respiration conditions: free-breathing (FB) and DIBH. These scans were used to generate 3-dimensional conformal treatment plans. For breath-hold scans, the patients were brought to reproducible respiration levels using active breathing control (ABC) maneuvers. Planning target volumes (PTVs) for FB plans included a 0.5 cm margin for setup plus a 1 cm margin equal to the extent of tumor motion for respiration. PTVs for DIBH plans included a 0.5 cm margin for setup error and a 0.5 cm margin for residual uncertainty in tumor position. Using a dose level of 60 Gy to the PTV, three treatment plans were generated: IMRT-FB, RA-FB and RA-ABC, and the target and normal tissue volumes were compared, as were the dosimetry parameters.

Results: On average, the DIBH technique resulted in increased lung volumes compared with FB techniques. There was no significant differences in gross tumor volume between the two breathing states (p > 0.05); but PTV and heart volume were larger for FB than for DIBH (p < 0.05). The overall CI and HI for the RA-ABC plan was slightly inferior to those of the IMRT-FB and RA-FB plans (p < 0.05 each). With DIBH, the heart was partly out of the beam portals and the average mean heart dose was reduced.

Conclusions: Compared with conventional FB, RA combined with DIBH significantly reduced cardiac and pulmonary doses without compromising the target coverage and may reduce treatment toxicity, enabling dose escalation in future prospective studies of patients with EC.

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