Dosimetric predictors of acute haematological toxicity in oesophageal cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy

Jie Lee, Jhen Bin Lin, Fang Ju Sun, Kuo Wei Lu, Chou Hsien Lee, Yu Jen Chen, Wen Chien Huang, Hung Chang Liu, Meng Hao Wu*

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Objective: Haematological toxicity (HT) is common in patients with oesophageal cancer (EC) treated with chemoradiotherapy (CRT). The Quantitative Analysis of Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic guidelines provide no dose constraints for the bone marrow (BM) to avoid HT. We aimed to determine dosimetric factors associated with HT during CRT for EC. Methods: 41 patients with EC treated with neoadjuvant cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil-based CRT were retrospectively reviewed. Associations between the dose-volume histogram parameters of thoracic bones and blood cell count changes during CRT were assessed using logistic regression analyses. Receiver-operating characteristic curves were used to derive optimal dosimetric planning constraints. Vx indicates the total organ volume percentage exceeding a radiation dose of x (Gy). Results: Greater thoracic vertebrae and rib irradiation doses, including mean vertebral dose (MVD), thoracic vertebrae V5-30 (TVV5-30), mean rib dose and rib V5-20, were associated with increased leukopenia (grade3) risk. Additional BM sites (sternum, scapulae and clavicles) did not influence HT. White blood cell and absolute neutrophil count nadirs were associated with increased irradiation doses to the thoracic vertebrae, ribs and sternum. Chemotherapy cycle number was not significantly associated with severe neutropenia or leukopenia. Cut-off values with the highest likelihood of avoiding leukopenia were MVD,25.9Gy, TVV20,70% and TVV10,77%. Conclusion: Thoracic bone irradiation dose was significantly associated with HT after adjusting for chemotherapy effects. Efforts tomaintain MVD,25.9Gy, TVV10,77% and TVV20,70% could reduce HT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20160350
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number1066
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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