Difference between planned and delivered radiotherapy dose to the internal mammary nodes in high-risk breast cancer patients

Anders W. Mølby Nielsen*, Harald Spejlborg, Christina Maria Lutz, Per Rugaard Poulsen, Birgitte Vrou Offersen

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

Background and purpose: Chest wall movement during radiotherapy can impact the delivered dose to the internal mammary nodes (IMN) in high-risk breast cancer patients. Using portal imaging and dose reconstruction we aimed to examine the delivered IMN dose coverage. Material and methods: Cine MV images were recorded for 39 breast cancer patients treated with daily image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) in deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH). On the final frame of each cine MV recording the chest wall was matched with the Digitally Reconstructed Radiograph (DRR) from the treatment plan. The geometrical chest wall error was determined in the imager-plane perpendicular to the cranio-caudal direction, rounded to integer millimeters, and binned. For each 1 mm bin, an isocenter-shifted treatment plan was recalculated assuming that the projected error observed in the cine MV image was caused by anterior-posterior chest wall movement in the IMN region. A weighted plan sum yielded the IMN clinical target volume receiving at least 90% dose (V90_CTVn_IMN). Results: The mean number of cine MV observations per patient was 36 (range 26–55). Most patients (67%) had on average a posterior chest wall position at treatment compared to planned. This translated into a change in the delivered median V90_CTVn_IMN of −0.7% (range, −11.9–2.9%; p < 0.001). The V90_CTVn_IMN reduction was greater than 9% in three patients. No clinically relevant differences were found for the mean lung dose or mean heart dose. Conclusion: Using cine MV images, we found that the delivered V90_CTVn_IMN was significantly lower than planned. In 8% of the patients, the V90_CTVn_IMN reduction exceeded 9%.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer100470
TidsskriftPhysics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology
Vol/bind27
Antal sider7
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2023

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