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01.12.2018 | Research | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Radiation Oncology 1/2018

Optimization of dose distributions of target volumes and organs at risk during stereotactic body radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer with dose-limiting auto-shells

Zeitschrift:
Radiation Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2018
Autoren:
Yangsen Cao, Xiaofei Zhu, Xiaoping Ju, Yongming Liu, Chunshan Yu, Yongjian Sun, Zhitao Dai, Xueling Guo, Huojun Zhang

Abstract

Background

To identify optimization of dose distributions of target volumes and decrease of radiation doses to normal tissues during stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for pancreatic cancer with dose-limiting auto-shells.

Methods

With the same prescription dose, dose constraints of normal organs and calculation algorithm, treatment plans of each eligible patient were re-generated with 3 shells, 5 shells and 7 shells, respectively. The prescription isodose line and beam number of each patient in 3-shell, 5-shell and 7-shell plan remained the same. Hence, a triplet data set of dosimetric parameters was generated and analyzed.

Results

As the increase of shell number, the conformal index, volumes encompassed by 100% prescription isodose line and 30% prescription isodose line significantly decreased. The new conformal index was higher in 3-shell group than that in 5-shell and 7-shell group. A sharper dose fall-off was found in 5-shell and 7-shell group compared to 3-shell group. And the tumor coverage in 7-shell was better than that of 3-shell and 5-shell. Lower D5cc of the intestine, D10cc of the stomach, Dmax of the spinal cord and smaller V10 of the spleen was confirmed in 7-shell group compared to 3-shell group.

Conclusions

More conformal dose distributions of target volumes and lower radiation doses to normal organs could be performed with the increase of dose-limiting auto-shells, which may be more beneficial to potential critical organs without established dose constraints.
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