Mittal P

Standard Chemoradiation and Conventional Brachytherapy for Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer: Is It Still Applicable in the Era of Magnetic Resonance-Based Brachytherapy? - 2018 -

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Recent guidelines recommend magnetic resonance imaging–based brachytherapy (MRBT) for locally advanced cervical cancer. However, its implementation is challenging within the developing world. This article reports the outcomes of patients with locally advanced cervical cancer treated with chemoradiation and point A–based brachytherapy (BT) using x-ray– or computed tomography–based planning.

Patients treated between January 2014 and December 2015 were included. Patients underwent x-ray– or computed tomography–based BT planning with an aim to deliver equivalent doses in 2 Gy (EQD2) > 84 Gy10 to point A while minimizing maximum dose received by rectum or bladder to a point or 2 cc volume to < 75 Gy EQD2 and < 90 Gy EQD2, respectively. The impact of known prognostic factors was evaluated.

A total of 339 patients were evaluated. Median age was 52 (32 to 81) years; 52% of patients had stage IB2 to IIB and 48% had stage III to IVA disease. There was 85% compliance with chemoradiation, and 87% of patients received four or more cycles. Median point A dose was 84 (64.8 to 89.7) Gy. The median rectal and bladder doses were 73.5 (69.6 to 78.4) Gy3 and 83 (73.2 to 90.0) Gy3, respectively. At a median follow-up of 28 (4 to 45) months, the 3-year local, disease-free, and overall survival for stage IB to IIB disease was 94.1%, 83.3%, and 82.7%, respectively. The corresponding rates for stage III to IVA were 85.1%, 60.7%, and 69.6%. Grade III to IV proctitis and cystitis were observed in 4.7% and 0% of patients, respectively.

This audit demonstrates good 3-year outcomes that are comparable to published MRBT series. Conventional BT with selective use of interstitial needles and MRBT should continue as standard procedures until level-I evidence for MRBT becomes available.

Cervical cancer
Magnetic resonance imaging-based brachytherapy
Developing world

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