Radiation Dose to the Thoracic Vertebral Bodies Is Associated With Acute Hematologic Toxicities in Patients Receiving Concurrent Chemoradiation for Lung Cancer: Results of a Single-Center Retrospective Analysis.

Barney CL, Scoville N, Allan E, Ayan A, DiCostanzo D, Haglund KE, Grecula J, Williams T, Xu-Welliver M, Otterson GA, Bazan JG
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 100 748-755 01/01/2018


PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that increasing radiation therapy (RT) dose to the thoracic vertebral bodies (TVBs) contributes to the development of hematologic toxicities (HTs) in patients with lung cancer.

METHODS AND MATERIALS: Cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) treated with definitive chemoradiation with concurrent platinum-based doublet chemotherapy at our institution from 2007 to 2016 were identified. Mean TVB dose and the volume of TVBs receiving at least 5 to 60 Gy (V

RESULTS: We identified 201 patients, the majority having NSCLC (n=162, 81%) and stage III to IV disease (n=179, 89%). All patients received either cisplatin/etoposide (n=107, 53%) or carboplatin/paclitaxel (n=94, 47%). Median RT dose was 60 Gy (range, 60-70 Gy). The rate of HT3+ was 49% (n=99). Increasing mean TVB dose (per Gy) was associated with higher odds of developing HT3+ (odds ratio 1.041, 95% confidence interval 1.004-1.080, P=.032), as were increasing TVB V

CONCLUSIONS: We found that mean TVB dose and low-dose parameters (V

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