Vol 26, No 6 (2021)
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Re-irradiation after stereotactic body radiotherapy for spine metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma: a case report

Sitaraman BalajiSubramanian1, Krishnamoorthi Sathiya1, Karunakaran Balaji1, Moorthi Thirunavukarasu1, Surparaju Phanikiran2, Mohamed Rela3
Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2021;26(6):1060-1065.


Modern radiotherapy machines with refinements in planning software and image-guidance apparatuses have made stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) more widely available as an effective tool in the management of spine metastases. In conventional palliative radiotherapy, the aim has traditionally been pain relief and short-term local control. In contrast, SBRT aims to deliver an ablative dose to enhance local control, with a smaller number of fractions while sparing the organs at risk (OAR), especially the spinal cord. Recently, trials have asserted the role of spine SBRT as an effective modality for durable local control, in addition to achieving pain relief. The quality of evidence for spine SBRT data is maturing, while prospective published trials on re-irradiation SBRT in spine remain sparse. The purpose of the present case report is to share the challenges faced while salvaging a dorsal spine metastasis and ablating a new right adrenal metastatic lesion in proximity of the transplanted liver.

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