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    Keywords: IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; Germany ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; FOLLOW-UP ; DEATH ; SURGERY ; radiation ; TIME ; PATIENT ; prognosis ; treatment ; MALIGNANCIES ; AGE ; RATES ; chemotherapy ; local control ; ORGANIZATION ; MANAGEMENT ; ONCOLOGY-GROUP ; POSTOPERATIVE RADIOTHERAPY ; GRADE ; LIFE ; SIZE ; function ; TREATMENT TIME ; soft-tissue sarcoma ; ADJUVANT BRACHYTHERAPY ; electron boost radiation ; external beam radiotherapy ; limb-sparing treatment ; PROSPECTIVE RANDOMIZED TRIAL
    Abstract: Purpose: To analyze long-term prognosis and morbidity after limb-sparing treatment of patients with extremity soft-tissue sarcoma, with intraoperative electron boost radiotherapy (IOERT) followed by a moderate dose of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT). Methods and Materials: A total of 153 patients who were treated in a single center from 1991 to 2004 were ovaluated. Median IOERT dose was 15 Gy, mean EBRT dose 43 Gy (range, 40-50.4 Gy) in conventional fractionation (1.8-2 Gy). Median duration of follow-up was 33 months. Acute toxicity was assessed with Common Toxicity Criteria; late toxic effects were scored according to European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer/Radiation Therapy Oncology Group criteria. Results: Five-year overall survival and 5-year local control rates were 77% and 78%.. respectively. Whereas tumor size, patient age, and EBRT dose did not significantly affect outcome, resection status and grading were significant for survival; resection status and IOERT dose were significant for local control. Extremity salvage until death or time of follow-up was achieved in 90% of our patients, 86% of whom showed excellent limb function without impairment in activities of daily life. Acute toxicity Grade 2-4 was observed in 23% and late toxicity Grade 2-4 in 17% of patients. Conclusions: Treatment with IOERT combined with moderate doses of external beam irradiation yields high local control and extremity preservation rates in resected extremity soft-tissue sarcoma. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16413697
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    Keywords: CANCER ; radiotherapy ; SURVIVAL ; carcinoma ; COMBINATION ; Germany ; FOLLOW-UP ; imaging ; NEW-YORK ; RISK ; SITE ; SURGERY ; NUCLEAR-MEDICINE ; PATIENT ; treatment ; FIELD ; TARGET ; PATTERNS ; DECREASE ; chemotherapy ; RECURRENCE ; PROGNOSTIC-FACTORS ; RESECTION ; BEAM ; INVOLVEMENT ; local control ; FAILURE ; nuclear medicine ; POSTOPERATIVE RADIOTHERAPY ; radiology ; ONCOLOGY ; PATTERN ; PREOPERATIVE RADIOTHERAPY ; ADJUVANT THERAPY ; methods ; NUCLEAR ; USA ; rectal cancer ; EVALUATE ; soft-tissue sarcoma ; MEDICINE ; medical imaging ; in combination ; FIELDS ; LOCAL-CONTROL ; outcome ; REGIMEN ; BEAM RADIATION-THERAPY ; IOERT ; multimodality treatment ; neoadjuvant ; patterns of failure ; RECURRENT COLORECTAL-CANCER ; total mesorectal excision
    Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate local control and patterns of failure in patients treated with intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy (IOERT) after total mesorectal excision (TME), to appraise the effectiveness of intraoperative target definition. Methods and Materials: We analyzed the outcome of 243 patients with rectal cancer treated with IOERT (median dose, 10 Gy) after TME. Eighty-eight patients received neoadjuvant and 122 patients adjuvant external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) (median dose, 41.4 Gy), and in 88% simultaneous chemotherapy was applied. Median follow-up was 59 months. Results: Local failure was observed in 17 patients (7%), resulting in a 5-year local control rate of 92%. Only complete resection and absence of nodal involvement correlated positively with local control. Considering IOERT fields, seven infield recurrences were seen in the presacral space, resulting in a 5-year local control rate of 97%. The remaining local relapses were located as follows: retrovesical/retroprostatic (5), anastomotic site (2), promontorium (1), ileocecal (1), and perineal (1). Conclusion: Intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy as part of a multimodal treatment approach including TME is a highly effective regimen to prevent local failure. The presacral space remains the site of highest risk for local failure, but IOERT can decrease the percentage of relapses in this area. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17275208
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    Keywords: CELLS ; radiotherapy ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; neoplasms ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; FOLLOW-UP ; DISEASE ; TUMORS ; SURGERY ; radiation ; MRI ; PROGRESSION ; CONFORMAL RADIOTHERAPY ; EXPERIENCE ; RADIATION-THERAPY ; AGE ; EFFICACY ; REGION ; HEAD ; NECK ; local control ; ONCOLOGY ; overall survival ; radiation therapy ; MENINGIOMAS ; BONE ; SCAN ; INSTITUTION ; CASE SERIES
    Abstract: Background: Giant cell tumors are rare neoplasms, representing less than 5% of all bone tumors. The vast majority of giant cell tumors occurs in extremity sites and is treated by surgery alone. However, a small percentage occurs in pelvis, spine or skull bones, where complete resection is challenging. Radiation therapy seems to be an option in these patients, despite the lack of a generally accepted dose or fractionation concept. Here we present a series of five cases treated with high dose IMRT. Patients and Methods: From 2000 and 2006 a total of five patients with histologically proven benign giant cell tumors have been treated with IMRT in our institution. Two patients were male, three female, and median age was 30 years (range 20 - 60). The tumor was located in the sacral region in four and in the sphenoid sinus in one patient. All patients had measurable gross disease prior to radiotherapy with a median size of 9 cm. All patients were treated with IMRT to a median total dose of 64 Gy (range 57.6 Gy to 66 Gy) in conventional fractionation. Results: Median follow up was 46 months ranging from 30 to 107 months. Overall survival was 100%. One patient developed local disease progression three months after radiotherapy and needed extensive surgical salvage. The remaining four patients have been locally controlled, resulting in a local control rate of 80%. We found no substantial tumor shrinkage after radiotherapy but in two patients morphological signs of extensive tumor necrosis were present on MRI scans. Decline of pain and/or neurological symptoms were seen in all four locally controlled patients. The patient who needed surgical salvage showed markedly reduced pain but developed functional deficits of bladder, rectum and lower extremity due to surgery. No severe acute or late toxicities attributable to radiation therapy were observed so far. Conclusion: IMRT is a feasible option in giant cells tumors not amendable to complete surgical removal. In our case series local control was achieved in four out of five patients with marked symptom relief in the majority of cases. No severe toxicity was observed
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20187955
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    Keywords: radiotherapy ; REGISTRATION ; UNCERTAINTIES ; MUTUAL INFORMATION ; Image-guided radiotherapy ; Head-and-neck cancer ; Setup uncertainties
    Abstract: PURPOSE: To evaluate the local positioning uncertainties during fractionated radiotherapy of head-and-neck cancer patients immobilized using a custom-made fixation device and discuss the effect of possible patient correction strategies for these uncertainties. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A total of 45 head-and-neck patients underwent regular control computed tomography scanning using an in-room computed tomography scanner. The local and global positioning variations of all patients were evaluated by applying a rigid registration algorithm. One bounding box around the complete target volume and nine local registration boxes containing relevant anatomic structures were introduced. The resulting uncertainties for a stereotactic setup and the deformations referenced to one anatomic local registration box were determined. Local deformations of the patients immobilized using our custom-made device were compared with previously published results. Several patient positioning correction strategies were simulated, and the residual local uncertainties were calculated. RESULTS: The patient anatomy in the stereotactic setup showed local systematic positioning deviations of 1-4 mm. The deformations referenced to a particular anatomic local registration box were similar to the reported deformations assessed from patients immobilized with commercially available Aquaplast masks. A global correction, including the rotational error compensation, decreased the remaining local translational errors. Depending on the chosen patient positioning strategy, the remaining local uncertainties varied considerably. CONCLUSIONS: Local deformations in head-and-neck patients occur even if an elaborate, custom-made patient fixation method is used. A rotational error correction decreased the required margins considerably. None of the considered correction strategies achieved perfect alignment. Therefore, weighting of anatomic subregions to obtain the optimal correction vector should be investigated in the future.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20934279
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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; INVASION ; SURVIVAL ; VITRO ; DENSITY ; MICE ; radiation ; MIGRATION ; GROWTH-FACTOR-BETA ; CELL-MIGRATION ; human glioma ; antiangiogenic therapy ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; VESSEL NORMALIZATION
    Abstract: Here we investigate the effects of the novel transforming growth factor-beta receptor I (TGF-beta RI) serine/threonine kinase inhibitor LY2109761 on glioblastoma when combined with the present clinical standard combination regimen radiotherapy and temozolomide (TMZ). Human GBM U87 (methylated MGMT promoter), T98 (unmethylated MGMT promoter), and endothelial cells (HUVECs) were treated with combinations of LY2109761, TMZ, and radiation. We found that LY2109761 reduced clonogenic survival of U87 and T98 cells and further enhanced the radiation-induced anticlonogenicity. In addition, LY2109761 had antimigratory and antiangiogenic effects in Matrigel migration and tube formation assays. In vivo, in human xenograft tumors growing subcutaneously on BALB/c nu/nu mice, LY2109761 delayed tumor growth alone and in combination with fractionated radiation and TMZ. Interestingly, as expected, the methylated U87 model was more sensitive to TMZ than the unmethylated T98 model in all experiments, whereas the opposite was found for LY2109761. Moreover, with respect to tumor angiogenesis, while LY2109761 decreased the glioblastoma proliferation index (Ki-67) and the microvessel density (CD31 count), the relative pericyte coverage (alpha-SMA/CD31 ratio) increased in particular after triple therapy, suggesting a vascular normalization effect induced by LY2109761. This normalization could be attributed in part to a decrease in the Ang-2/Ang-1 messenger RNA ratio. LY2109761 also reduced tumor blood perfusion as quantified by noninvasive dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. Together, the data indicate that the addition of a TGF-beta RI kinase inhibitor to the present clinical standard (radiation plus TMZ) has the potential to improve clinical outcome in human glioblastoma, especially in patients with unmethylated MGMT promoter status
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21677877
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    Keywords: SURVIVAL ; SURGERY ; RADIATION-THERAPY ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMA ; adenocarcinoma ; RANDOMIZED-TRIAL ; chemoradiation ; 3D conformal radiotherapy ; NEOADJUVANT CHEMORADIOTHERAPY ; DOSE RADIATION
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: To report our experience with increased dose intensity-modulated radiation and concurrent systemic chemotherapy as definitive treatment of locally advanced esophageal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed 27 consecutive patients with histologically proven esophageal cancer, who were treated with increased-dose IMRT as part of their definitive therapy. The majority of patients had T3/4 and/or N1 disease (93%). Squamous cell carcinoma was the dominating histology (81%). IMRT was delivered in step-and-shoot technique in all patients using an integrated boost concept. The boost volume was covered with total doses of 56-60 Gy (single dose 2-2.14 Gy), while regional nodal regions received 50.4 Gy (single dose 1.8 Gy) in 28 fractions. Concurrent systemic therapy was scheduled in all patients and administered in 26 (96%). 17 patients received additional adjuvant systemic therapy. Loco-regional control, progression-free and overall survival as well as acute and late toxicities were retrospectively analyzed. In addition, quality of life was prospectively assessed according to the EORTC QLQs (QLQ-OG25, QLQ-H&N35 and QLQ-C30). RESULTS: Radiotherapy was completed as planned in all but one patient (96%), and 21 patients received more than 80% of the planned concurrent systemic therapy. We observed ten locoregional failures, transferring into actuarial 1-, 2- and 3-year-locoregional control rates of 77%, 65% and 48%. Seven patients developed distant metastases, mainly to the lung (71%). The actuarial 1-, 2- and 3-year-disease free survival rates were 58%, 48% and 36%, and overall survival rates were 82%, 61% and 56%. The concept was well tolerated, both in the clinical objective examination and also according to the subjective answers to the QLQ questionnaire. 14 patients (52%) suffered from at least one acute CTC grade 3/4 toxicity, mostly hematological side effects or dysphagia. Severe late toxicities were reported in 6 patients (22%), mostly esophageal strictures and ulcerations. Severe side effects to skin, lung and heart were rare. CONCLUSION: IMRT with concurrent systemic therapy in the definitive treatment of esophageal cancer using an integrated boost concept with doses up to 60 Gy is feasible and yields good results with acceptable acute and late overall toxicity and low side effects to skin, lung and heart.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25175056
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    Abstract: Background: Radiotherapy is a mainstay for the treatment of lung cancer that can induce pneumonitis or pulmonary fibrosis. The matricellular protein connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a central mediator of tissue remodeling. Methods: A radiation-induced mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis was used to determine if transient administration of a human antibody to CTGF (FG-3019) started at different times before or after 20 Gy thoracic irradiation reduced acute and chronic radiation toxicity. Mice (25 mice/group; 10 mice/group in a confirmation study) were examined by computed tomography, histology, gene expression changes, and for survival. In vitro experiments were performed to directly study the interaction of CTGF blockade and radiation. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results: Administration of FG-3019 prevented ( approximately 50%-80%) or reversed ( approximately 50%) lung remodeling, improved lung function, improved mouse health, and rescued mice from lethal irradiation ( P 〈 .01). Importantly, when antibody treatment was initiated at 16 weeks after thoracic irradiation, FG-3019 reversed established lung remodeling and restored lung function. CTGF blockade abrogated M2 polarized macrophage influx, normalized radiation-induced gene expression changes, and reduced myofibroblast abundance and Osteopontin expression. Conclusion: These results indicate that blocking CTGF attenuates radiation-induced pulmonary remodeling and can reverse the process after initiation. CTGF has a central role in radiation-induced fibrogenesis, and FG-3019 may benefit patients with radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis or patients with other forms or origin of chronic fibrotic diseases.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 28376190
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    Keywords: CANCER ; IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; LUNG ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; COHORT ; DISEASE ; HISTORY ; RISK ; radiation ; ASSOCIATION ; CONFORMAL RADIOTHERAPY ; AGE ; smoking ; chemotherapy ; LOCALIZATION ; PREDICTION ; ESCALATION ; ONCOLOGY ; small cell lung cancer ; REGRESSION ; development ; NSCLC ; RADIATION PNEUMONITIS ; MODALITY ; CONCURRENT CHEMOTHERAPY ; Dose-volume constraints
    Abstract: Purpose: To analyze the association of patient- and treatment-related factors with the onset of radiation pneumonitis in a homogeneously treated cohort of patients suffering from small cell Lung cancer (SCLC). Patients and Methods: 242 patients with SCLC staged as limited disease, who had been treated with chemotherapy and three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy, were retrospectively analyzed. Pneumonitis was defined by typical symptoms and radiographic findings and judged clinically relevant, if drug administration and hospitalization were necessary. Patient- (age, gender, smoking history, performance status, tumor Localization, benign lung disease) and treatment-related parameters (V-10-V-40, mean lung dose [MLD]) were analyzed using chi(2)-tests for categorical parameters and Logistic regression for continuous variables. Results: 33 patients (13.6%) developed a clinically relevant pneumonitis, of whom three patients died. ALL cases of pneumonitis developed within 120 days. None of the patient-related parameters correlated significantly with the onset of pneumonitis. Considering treatment-related parameters, a significant correlation of V-30 in regard to total lung and V-40 in regard to ipsilateral, contralateral and total Lung to the risk of pneumonitis was found. So, the estimated risk of a clinically relevant pneumonitis increased from 10% given a V-30 of 13% to 30% given a V-30 of 35%. In contrast, no significant correlation was found for V-10 and V-20 and only a trend for MLD. Conclusion: In this series, high-dose radiation volume parameters, i.e., V-30 and especially V-40, were identified as the most important factors for the development of radiation pneumonitis. Low-dose radiation volume parameters and clinical parameters played an inferior role in predicting the pneumonitis risk
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20165822
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    Abstract: BACKGROUND: Even today, treatment of Stage III NSCLC still poses a serious challenge. So far, surgical resection is the treatment of choice. Patients whose tumour is not resectable or who are unfit to undergo surgery are usually referred to a combined radio-chemotherapy. However, combined radio-chemotherapeutic treatment is also associated with sometimes marked side effects but has been shown to be more efficient than radiation therapy alone. Nevertheless, there is a significant subset of patients whose overall condition does not permit administration of chemotherapy in a combined-modality treatment. It could be demonstrated though, that NSCLCs often exhibit over-expression of EGF-receptors hence providing an excellent target for the monoclonal EGFR-antagonist cetuximab (Erbitux) which has already been shown to be effective in colorectal as well as head-and-neck tumours with comparatively mild side-effects. METHODS/DESIGN: The NEAR trial is a prospective phase II feasibility study combining a monoclonal EGF-receptor antibody with loco-regional irradiation in patients with stage III NSCLC. This trial aims at testing the combination's efficacy and rate of development of distant metastases with an accrual of 30 patients. Patients receive weekly infusions of cetuximab (Erbitux) plus loco-regional radiation therapy as intensity-modulated radiation therapy. After conclusion of radiation treatment patients continue to receive weekly cetuximab for 13 more cycles. DISCUSSION: The primary objective of the NEAR trial is to evaluate toxicities and feasibility of the combined treatment with cetuximab (Erbitux) and IMRT loco-regional irradiation. Secondary objectives are remission rates, 3-year-survival and local/systemic progression-free survival.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16681848
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