School of Medicine
The study aims to assess the feasibility of tomotherapy-based image-guided (IGRT) radiotherapy for locally advanced oropharyngeal cancer. A retrospective review of 33 patients undergoing concurrent chemoradiation for locally advanced oropharyngeal cancers was conducted. Radiotherapy planning, treatment toxicity and loco-regional control were assessed.
At a median follow-up of 32 months (6–47 months), no patient developed loco-regional recurrence. Two patients (6%) developed distant metastases. Grade 3–4 acute toxicity was respectively 72% and 25% for mucositis and gastrointestinal toxicity. Two patients (6%) had long-term dependence on tube feedings. Dose-volume histogram demonstrated excellent target volume coverage and low radiation dose to the organs at risk for complications.
Conclusions and clinical relevance
IGRT provides excellent loco-regional control but acute toxicity remains significant and needs to be addressed in future prospective trials. The feasibility of Tomotherapy to decrease radiation dose to the normal tissues merits further investigations.
Digital Commons Citation
Nguyen, Nam P.; Ceizyk, Misty; Vos, Paul; Betz, Michael; Chi, Alexander; Almeida, Fabio; Davis, Rick; Slane, Benjamin; Gelumbauskas, Steven; Smith-Raymond, Lexie; Abraham, Dave; Stevie, Michelle; Jang, Siyoung; and Vinh-Hung, Vincent, "Feasibility of Tomotherapy-Based Image-Guided Radiotherapy for Locally Advanced Oropharyngeal Cancer" (2013). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 2644.
Nguyen NP, Ceizyk M, Vos P, Betz M, Chi A, Almeida F, et al. (2013) Feasibility of Tomotherapy-Based Image-Guided Radiotherapy for Locally Advanced Oropharyngeal Cancer. PLoS ONE 8(3): e60268. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0060268