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Prone Breast Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation Using Non-Coplanar Volumetric Arc Therapy

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G Beninati

G Beninati*, J Barbiere , L Godfrey , A Ndlovu , Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ


SU-F-T-537 (Sunday, July 31, 2016) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall


To demonstrate that Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) can be an alternative technique to Brachytherapy Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) for treating large breasted women. The non-coplanar VMAT technique uses a commercially available couch and a small number of angles. This technique with the patient in the prone position can reduce high skin and critical structure doses in large breasted women, which are usually associated with Brachytherapy APBI.


Philips Pinnacle treatment planning system with Smart Arc was used to plan a left sided laterally located excision cavity on a standard prone breast patient setup. Three thirty-degree arcs entered from the lateral side at respective couch angles of 345, 0, and 15 degrees. A fourth thirty degree arc beam entered from the medial side at a couch angle of 0 degrees. The arcs were selected to avoid critical structures as much as possible. A test run was then performed to verify that the beams did not collide with the patient nor support structures. NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 protocol guidelines were used for dose prescription, normal tissue, and target definition.


Dose Volume Histogram analysis indicated that all parameters were equal or better than RTOG recommendations. Of particular note regarding the plan quality:
1.(a) For a prescribed dose of 3850cGy the PTV-EVAL target volume receiving 100 percent of the
dose(V100) was 93; protocol recommendation is V90 > 90 percent.
(b) Maximum dose was 110 percent versus the allowed 120 percent .
2. Uninvolved percentage of normal breast V100 and V50 were 17 and 47 versus allowed 35 and 60 percent
3. For the skin, V100 was 5.7cc and the max dose to 0.1 cc was 4190cGy.


Prone Breast non-coplanar VMAT APBI can achieve better skin cosmesis and lower critical structure doses than Brachytherapy APBI.

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