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Dosimetric Cost of a GTV Margin for Simultaneous Integrated Intra-Prostatic Boost Treatments

M Studenski

M Studenski*, M Abramowitz , N Dogan , A Pollack , University of Miami, Miami, FL


SU-F-BRD-6 Sunday 4:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Ballroom D

Purpose:Quantify the dosimetric cost for a margin around the MRI-defined high risk GTV for simultaneous integrated intra-prostatic boosts (SIIB) treated with RapidArc.

Methods:For external beam radiotherapy of the prostate, a 3-7 mm PTV margin is typically used to account for setup and intra-fraction uncertainties after adjusting for inter-fraction motion. On the other hand, our current paradigm is to treat the MRI-defined high risk GTV with no margin. In this work, 11 patients treated SIIB (7 post-prostatectomy, 4 intact prostate) with RapidArc were re-planned with 1-5 mm margins around the GTV to quantify dosimetric effects. Two 358 degree, 10 MV RapidArcs were used to deliver 68 Gy (76.5 Gy boost) to the post-prostatectomy patients and 80 Gy (86 Gy boost) to the intact prostates. Paired, two tail t-tests were used to determine if there were any significant differences (p<0.05) in the total MUs and dosimetric parameters used to evaluate rectum, bladder, and PTV dose with and without margin.

Results:The average GTV volume without margin was 8.1cc (2.8% of the PTV volume) while the average GTV volume with a 5 mm margin was 20.1cc (9.0% of the PTV volume). GTV volumes ranged from 0.2% of the PTV volume up to 33.0%. Despite these changes in volume, the only statistical difference was found for the rectal V65 Gy with a 5 mm margin (18.6% vs. 19.4%; p-value = 0.026) when all patients were considered as a single group. No difference was found when analyzed as two groups. The rectum V40Gy, bladder V40Gy and V65Gy, PTV Dmax and D95% or the total MUs did not show any significant difference for any margin.

Conclusion:A 4 mm margin on the high risk GTV is possible with no statistically significant change in dosimetry or total MUs. Further work will assess the appropriate margin required for intra-prostatic boosts.

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