Brachytherapy-emulating robotic radiosurgery in patients with cervical carcinoma

Radiat Oncol. 2013 May 2;8:109. doi: 10.1186/1748-717X-8-109.


Purpose: To evaluate the technique, dosimetry, dose-volume-histograms (DVHs) and acute toxicity for CyberKnife® boost irradiation instead of intra-cervical brachytherapy in patients with cervical cancer.

Methods and materials: Eleven who were not suitable for brachytherapy with FIGO stage IIB-IIIB cervical cancer underwent primary chemoradiation. After fiducial implantation, T2 contrast-enhanced planning MRI and CT scans at 2-mm slice thickness were collected in the treatment position. The clinical target volume was defined as cervix + macroscopic residual tumour on MRI. Five fractions of 6 Gy each were prescribed to the target volume with a covering single dose 6 Gy. DVH parameters were evaluated for the target and organs at risk. Acute toxicity was documented once a week.

Results: DmeanPTV ranged from 33.6-40 Gy, median 36.7 Gy with a coverage of the PTV calculated to 100% of the prescribed dose ranging from 93.0-99.3% (median 97.7%). For the PTV the median CN was 0.78 (range, 0.66 to 0.87) and the median CI was 1.28 (range 1.15 to 1.52). Gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU) toxicity was mild. There was no grade 3 or higher GI and GU toxicity. After 6 months of follow up, there were no local recurrences. For the complete treatment, a median EQD2 to 1 cc and 2 cc of the bladder wall was 98.8 Gy and 87.1 Gy, respectively. Median EQD2 to 1 cc and 2 cc of the rectal wall was 72.3 Gy and 64 Gy, respectively, correlating with a risk < 10% for Grade 2-4 late toxicity.

Conclusions: CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery in patients with cervical cancer provides excellent target coverage with steep dose gradients toward normal tissues and safe DVH parameters for bladder, rectum and sigmoid. Acute toxicity was mild. Longer follow-up is needed to evaluate the oncological equality.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brachytherapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Fiducial Markers
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiosurgery / methods*
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Robotics / methods
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / surgery*