Vol 25, No 2 (2020)
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Postoperative endometrial carcinoma treated with external beam irradiation plus vaginal-cuff brachytherapy. Is there a dose relationship with G2 vaginal complications?

Yaowen Zhang12, Carlos Ascaso1, Antonio Herreros12, Joan Sánchez3, Sebastia Sabater4, Marta del Pino5, Yan Li12, Gabriela Gómez26, Aureli Torné5, Albert Biete125, Ángeles Rovirosa125
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2020.01.002
Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2020;25(2):227-232.



To analyse the possible relationship between the EQD2(α/β=3Gy) at 2cm3 of the vagina and late toxicity in vaginal-cuff-brachytherapy (VBT) after external-beam-irradiation (EBRT) for postoperative endometrial carcinoma (EC).

Materials and methods

From 2014 to 2016, 62 postoperative EC patients were treated with EBRT+VBT. The median EBRT dose was 45Gy (44Gy–50.4Gy). VBT involved a single 7Gy dose. Toxicity was prospectively evaluated using the RTOG score for the rectum and bladder and the objective LENT-SOMA criteria for the vagina. EQD2(α/β=3Gy) at 2cm3 of the most exposed part of the vagina was calculated by the sum of the EBRT+VBT dose. Statistics: Boxplot, Student’s t and Chi-square tests and ROC curves.


Mean follow-up: 39.2 months (15–68). Late toxicity: bladder:0 patient; rectum:2 patients-G1; Vagina: 26 patients-17G1, 9G2; median EQD2(α/β=3Gy) at 2cm3 in G0-G1 patients was 70.4Gy(SD2.36), being 72.5Gy(SD2.94) for G2p. The boxplot suggested a cut-point identifying the absence of G2: 100 % of G2p received >68Gy, ROC curves showed an area under the curve of 0.72 (sensitivity of 1 and specificity of 0.15).


Doses >68Gy EQD2(α/β=3Gy) at 2cm3 to the most exposed area of the vagina were associated with late G2 vaginal toxicity in postoperative EC patients treated with EBRT+VBT suggesting a very good dose limit to eliminate the risk of G2 late toxicity. The specificity obtained indicates the need for prospective analyses.

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