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Dosimetric and clinical outcomes of CT based HRCTV delineation for HDR intracavitary brachytherapy in carcinoma cervix — a retrospective study

Anis Bandyopadhyay1, Arnab Kumar Ghosh1, Bappaditya Chhatui1, Dhiman Das
Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2021;26(2):170-178.


Background: Brachytherapy for carcinoma cervix has moved from Point A based planning to optimization of dose based on HR-CTV. Guidelines have been published by GEC ESTRO on HR-CTV delineation based on clinical gynecological examination and MR sequences. These have given significant clinical results in terms of local control. However, many centers around the country and worldwide still use CT based planning, which restricts HR-CTV delineation, as disease and cervix can rarely be differentiated on a planning CT. Various studies have been done to develop CT based contouring guidelines from the available data, but enough evidence is not available on the clinical outcome when treatment is optimized to HR-CTV contoured on CT images. The purpose of this study is to find out the relation between local control and dosimetry of HR-CTV as delineated on CT images.

Materials and methods: Patients of locally advanced carcinoma cervix treated radically with EBRT of 50 Gy in 25# and at least 4 cycles of concurrent weekly Cisplatin having a complete or partial response to EBRT were taken for study. All patients had  completed CT based Intracavitary brachytherapy to 21 Gy in 3# of 7 Gy per # with dose prescription at point A and optimizing dose to reduce bladder and rectal toxicity. Follow up data on locoregional recurrence was obtained. HR-CTV delineation was done retrospectively on the treatment plan following guidelines by Viswanathan et al. EQD2 doses for EBRT+BT were calculated for point A and HR-CTV D90. The dosimetric data to HR-CTV and to Point A were then compared with patients with locoregional control and with local recurrence.

Results: 48 patients were taken, all had squamous cell carcinoma. The median age was 48 years. 33.33% were stage IIA, the rest were stage IIB. Median follow-up was 30 months with 25% developing recurrence of the disease. HR-CTV D90 EQD2 dose was significantly higher in patients with locoregionally controlled disease than in patients with local recurrence (83.97 Gy10 vs. 77.96 Gy10, p = 0.002). Patients with HR-CTV D90 EQD2 dose greater than or equal to 79.75 Gy10 had better locoregional control than patients receiving dose less than 79.75 Gy10 (p = 0.015). Kaplan Meier plot for PFS showed significantly improved PFS for patients receiving HR-CTV D90 dose of at least 79.75 Gy10 (log-rank p-value = 0.007). Three year progression free survival was 87.1% in patients receiving HR-CTV D90 dose of at least 79.75 Gy10.

Conclusion: CT based HR -CTV volume delineation with the help of pre brachytherapy clinical diagrams and MRI imaging may be feasible in a select subgroup of patients with complete or near-complete response to external beam radiation.

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