Open Access Case Report Article ID: GJMCCR-1-101

    Additional volumetric modulated arc therapy to vertebral metastases abutting the previously irradiated site

    Takatsugu Kawase*, Baku Sakashita, Kazuyoshi Kanai, Minako Uchino, Tomoko Itazawa, Satoshi Nagasaka, Satsuki Kina

    Introduction: Lung cancer frequently causes metastases to the spine, especially to the thoracic vertebrae, which sometimes compress the spinal cord and induce irreversible palsy. Many patients suffering from metastatic spinal tumors need to undergo repetitive radiotherapy. In such situations, intensity-modulated radiotherapy including volumetric modulated arc therapy can reduce the dose delivered to the spinal cord at the junction. 

    Case Report: The authors describe a case of thoracic vertebral metastases from lung cancer treated with two courses of radiotherapy. In the second course, volumetric modulated arc therapy was adopted and a columnar-shaped planning target volume with a concave portion was configured. 

    Conclusion: The authors propose an approach aimed at realizing both junctional safety and the conformality of the spinal column, which may be an option for repetitive irradiation to heterochronic spinal metastases.

    Keywords: Radiotherapy; Intensity-modulated radiotherapy; Volumetric modulated arc therapy; Vertebral metastasis

    Published on: May 23, 2014 Pages: 1-4

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-5282.000001
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