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Adaptive Radiotherapy in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancers: Impact on Target Volume Shrinkage and Organ at Risk and its Clinical Outcome

Sukhveer Tanwar, Shikha Dhal, Sumit Goyal

Keywords : Adaptive, Cancer, Tumor volume

Citation Information : Tanwar S, Dhal S, Goyal S. Adaptive Radiotherapy in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancers: Impact on Target Volume Shrinkage and Organ at Risk and its Clinical Outcome. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2021; 6 (3):79-81.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0185

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-03-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Positional uncertainties due to tumor shrinkage and weight loss, leads to decrease therapeutic ratio due to higher treatment toxicity and decreased local control rates. Adaptive Radiotherapy refers to changing treatment plan during the treatment sessions to account for this decreased therapeutic ratio. Total of 50 patients were treated with image-guided radiotherapy for locally advanced head and neck cancers. Replan was done at 17th fraction. The cross-comparison of dosimetric analysis of GTV 100 and PTV 95 was statistically significant. Mean volume reduction rate in ipsilateral parotid and contralateral parotid was in our study mean shrinkage in volume of right parotid 13–10.4 cc, left parotid 14–10.5 cc, respectively. Patients who had TVRR ≥20% at interim replan done after 17 fractions at 4th week had complete response at 6 months after treatment while in patients with TVRR <20%, 42% had complete response at 6 months. Out of 50 patients enrolled in the study 32 patients (64%) had complete response on clinical evaluation and follow-up CT scan.

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