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Is There a Future for 74 Gy Radiation Treatment of NSCLC after RTOG 0617? A Comparison of the RTOG Study Results with Our Own Department’s 74 Gy NSCLC Cohort

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Background and Purpose: There have been a number of different efforts trying to improve the outcome of NSCLC patients treated with radiotherapy (RT). Contrary to most expectations, the long awaiting results of the RTOG 0617 trial didn’t show any benefit of dose escalation to 74 Gy. In this unicentric retrospective analysis we compare the RTOG 0617 result with the outcome of our own 74-Gy-NSCLC cohort. Methods and Material: Since October 2009, 80 patients with NSCLC were treated with 74 Gy in 37 fractions, of which 69 patients were eligible for a retrospective analysis of local and distant failure, survival time and treatment related toxicity. A subgroup analysis was done for patients with a possible follow-up of at least 18 month. Results: Complete local remission could be achieved in 18 patients (26.1%); 26 patients (37.7%) had a partial remission and 3 patients (4.4%) a stable local disease. Local failure occurred in 12 patients (17.3%). Distant failure occurred in 27 patients (39.1%). The median survival time was 43.7 weeks (95% CI: 25.2 - 62.3 weeks). 5 patients (6.3%) developed RT induced side effects. As for the analyzed subgroup, a complete or partial local remission could be achieved in 29 patients (61.7%). Local failure occurred in 11 patients (23.4%) and 20 patients (42.6%) developed distant metastases. The 18-month overall survival was 38.3% and the median survival time was 51.7 weeks (95% CI: 27.2 - 76.3 weeks). Conclusion: The results of this retrospective analysis indicate that 74 Gy total radiation dose might not lead to results as bad as indicated by the RTOG 0617 trial. It might therefore be a suitable treatment concept for people with NSCLC.

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Schröder, C. , Blank, E. , Sidow, D. , Engenhart-Cabillic, R. and Buchali, A. (2015) Is There a Future for 74 Gy Radiation Treatment of NSCLC after RTOG 0617? A Comparison of the RTOG Study Results with Our Own Department’s 74 Gy NSCLC Cohort. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 6, 642-647. doi: 10.4236/jct.2015.68071.

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