European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) recommendations for planning and delivery of high-dose, high precision radiotherapy for lung cancer

Radiother Oncol. 2017 Jul;124(1):1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2017.06.003. Epub 2017 Jun 27.


Purpose: To update literature-based recommendations for techniques used in high-precision thoracic radiotherapy for lung cancer, in both routine practice and clinical trials.

Methods: A literature search was performed to identify published articles that were considered clinically relevant and practical to use. Recommendations were categorised under the following headings: patient positioning and immobilisation, Tumour and nodal changes, CT and FDG-PET imaging, target volumes definition, radiotherapy treatment planning and treatment delivery. An adapted grading of evidence from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and for models the TRIPOD criteria, were used.

Results: Recommendations were identified for each of the above categories.

Conclusion: Recommendations for the clinical implementation of high-precision conformal radiotherapy and stereotactic body radiotherapy for lung tumours were identified from the literature. Techniques that were considered investigational at present are highlighted.

Keywords: EORTC; Guidelines; Lung cancer; Organs at risk; Radiotherapy; Recommendations.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Patient Positioning
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods
  • Radiation Oncology / methods*
  • Radiation Oncology / standards*
  • Radiosurgery / methods
  • Radiosurgery / standards
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / standards
  • Radiotherapy, Conformal / methods
  • Radiotherapy, Conformal / standards
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods