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Analysis of the factors affecting the safety of robotic stereotactic body radiation therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma patients

Authors Liu XJ, Song YC, Liang P, Su TS, Zhang HJ, Zhao XZ, Yuan ZY, Wang P

Received 17 May 2017

Accepted for publication 6 September 2017

Published 6 November 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 5289—5295


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Faris Farassati

Xiaojie Liu,1,* Yongchun Song,1,* Ping Liang,2 Tingshi Su,2 Huojun Zhang,3 Xianzhi Zhao,3 Zhiyong Yuan,1 Ping Wang1

1Department of Radiotherapy,Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, National Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin’s Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Tianjin, 2Cyberknife Center, Ruikang Hospital, Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University, Nanning, 3Department of Radiotherapy, Shanghai Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the safety of robotic stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients and its related factors.
Methods: A total of 74 HCC patients with Child–Turcotte–Pugh (CTP) Class A were included in a multi-institutional, single-arm Phase II trial (NCT 02363218) between February 2013 and August 2016. All patients received SBRT treatment at a dose of 45 Gy/3f. The liver function was compared before and after SBRT treatment by the analysis of adverse hepatic reactions and changes in CTP classification.
Results: After SBRT treatment, eight patients presented with decreases in CTP classification and 13 patients presented with ≥ grade 2 hepatic adverse reactions. For patients presenting with ≥ grade 2 hepatic adverse reactions, the total liver volume of ≤1,162 mL and a normal liver volume (total liver volume – gross tumor volume [GTV]) of ≤1,148 mL were found to be independent risk factors and statistically significant (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The total liver volume and normal liver volume are associated with the occurrence of ≥ grade 2 hepatic adverse reactions after SBRT treatment on HCC patients. Therefore, if the fractionated scheme of 45 Gy/3f is applied in SBRT for HCC patients, a total liver volume >1,162 mL and a normal liver volume >1,148 mL should be ensured to improve therapeutic safety.

Keywords: hepatocellular carcinoma, robotic stereotactic body radiation therapy, CyberKnife, Child–Turcotte–Pugh class, adverse hepatic reactions

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