Simultaneous integrated boost by RapidArc therapy plus temozolomide for treatment of patients with glioblastoma multiform: A single institution experience

Mohamed Daoud, Yasser Saleh, Ahmad Habash


Purpose: The aim of this study is to report the treatment outcomes, toxicities, and dosimetric feasibility of simultaneous integrated boost by RapidArc (RA-SIB) compared with 3dimentional-conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) for patients with glioblastoma.

Methods: Eleven patients with unifocal glioblastoma (grade IV astrocytoma, WHO classification) were treated during the period from April 2011 until February 2013 with postoperative irradiation and concomitant temozolomide 75 mg/m2 followed by 6-12 months of adjuvant temozolomide 200 mg/m2 for 5 days/4weeks. One patient received temozolomide for 12 months, 5patients for 6 months, and 5patients did not receive adjuvant temozolomide. RA-SIB technique was used and patients received 46 Gy per fraction of 2 Gy in 23 sessions on the planning target volume (PTV1) (contrast enhancement + per-focal edema as seen in T2 MR + 2.3 cm) with concomitant daily superimposed boost (SIB) on PTV2 corresponding to the contrast enhancement + 2.3 cm. The treatment outcomes and toxicity were assessed. Dose Volume Histogram DVH analysis was performed between SIB-RA and 3D-CRT plans of each patient. For the PTV, the comparison parameters included, the mean dose, the standard deviation, maximum dose, conformity index (CI), and homogeneity index (HI).

Results: The median progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were 13 months (95% CI, 8.2-17.8), and 16 months (95% CI, 2.1-29.9) respectively. Four of six patients (67%) showed local progression (recurrence) after initial response, all recurrences occurred at the site of PTV2. Seven patients experienced acute grade 1-2 toxicities during the treatment. Late post radiation brain edema was reported in 3 patients.

Conclusion: The SIB-RA did not prove the superiority in survival outcomes compared with the historical data using 3D-CRT. From the dosimetric standpoint, SIB-RA is a superior technique with respect to 3D-CRT when there are overlaps between organs at risk (OARs) and PTV.


RapidArc; Glioblastoma Multiform; Radiation Therapy

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