Safety and Efficacy of Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy for Renal Cell Carcinoma Extracranial Metastases

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 May 1;98(1):91-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2017.01.032.


Purpose: Renal cell carcinoma is refractory to conventional radiation therapy but responds to higher doses per fraction. However, the dosimetric data and clinical factors affecting local control (LC) are largely unknown. We aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SAbR) for extracranial renal cell carcinoma metastases.

Methods and materials: We reviewed 175 metastatic lesions from 84 patients treated with SAbR between 2005 and 2015. LC and toxicity after SAbR were assessed with Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1.1 and Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.0. Predictors of local failure were analyzed with χ2, Kaplan-Meier, and log-rank tests.

Results: In most cases (74%), SAbR was delivered with total doses of 40 to 60 Gy, 30 to 54 Gy, and 20 to 40 Gy in 5 fractions, 3 fractions, and a single fraction, respectively. The median biologically effective dose (BED) using the universal survival model was 134.5 Gy. The 1-year LC rate after SAbR was 91.2% (95% confidence interval, 84.9%-95.0%; median follow-up, 16.7 months). Local failures were associated with prior radiation therapy (hazard ratio [HR], 10.49; P<.0001), palliative-intent radiation therapy (HR, 4.63; P=.0189), spinal location (HR, 5.36; P=.0041), previous systemic therapy status (0-1 vs >1; HR, 3.52; P=.0217), and BED <115 Gy (HR, 3.45; P=.0254). Dose received by 99% of the target volume was the strongest dosimetric predictor for LC. Upon multivariate analysis, dose received by 99% of the target volume greater than BED of 98.7 Gy and systemic therapy status remained significant (HR, 0.12 and 3.64, with P=.0014 and P=.0472, respectively). Acute and late grade 3 toxicities attributed to SAbR were observed in 3 patients (1.7%) and 5 patients (2.9%), respectively.

Conclusions: SAbR demonstrated excellent LC of metastatic renal cell carcinoma with a favorable safety profile when an adequate dose and coverage were applied. Multimodality treatment with surgery should be considered for reirradiation or vertebral metastasis. A higher radiation dose may be required in patients who received previous systemic therapies.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Bone Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Bone Neoplasms / secondary
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / radiotherapy*
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / secondary*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Dose Fractionation, Radiation
  • Humans
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Linear Models
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiosurgery / adverse effects
  • Radiosurgery / methods*
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted
  • Relative Biological Effectiveness
  • Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / secondary
  • Spinal Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Spinal Neoplasms / secondary
  • Treatment Failure