SU‐GG‐T‐136: Treatment Plans Comparison with Static‐Gantry IMRT and RapidArcTM for Head‐And‐Neck Cancers Involving Cervical Lymph Nodes


Conference Paper

Purpose: To compare the dosimetric results and treatment efficiency of intensity modulated arc therapy using RapidArc™ to static‐gantry IMRT plans for conventional fractionation treatment of head‐and‐neck cancer. Materials and Methods: This study evaluated 10 patients with squamous cell carcinoma (9 oropharynx and 1 piriform sinus) of the head‐and‐neck who had undergone static‐gantry IMRT. The dose prescription was 50Gy to the cervical nodal planning‐target‐volume (PTVP) and an additional 20Gy boost to the primary tumor (PTVB) at 2Gy/fraction. RapidArc plans were retrospectively created to compare with the static gantry plans using the Eclipse treatment planning system (version8.8, Varian Medical Systems). Two plans were generated for each PTV: IMRT (IMRTP and IMRTB) and RapidArc (RAP and RAB). IMRTP used 9‐beams and IMRTB used 5–7 beams. RAP used two arc fields and RAB used one arc field. Results: The dosimetric differences for the organ‐at‐risk between IMRT and RapidArc were statistically insignificant (p>0.05; p=Wilcoxon matched‐pair signed‐rank test) except for the ipsilateral parotid and brainstem. D50% of ipsilateral parotid for IMRT was ∼3Gy less than RapidArc (p=0.039) while V20Gy of brainstem for RapidArc was ∼5% more than IMRT (p=0.016). There was no difference in PTV dose homogeneity between IMRT and RapidArc. Conformity indices for both primary and boost plans from RapidArc were significantly better than IMRT (p=0.002). The integral dose showed marginal difference. No patient case completely favored one technique over the other. The estimated total treatment delivery times were, on average, 5 and 3 minutes shorter with RAP and RAB than IMRTP and IMRTB, respectively. Conclusions: Our preliminary study indicated that RapidArc and IMRT provided comparable sparing of organs‐at‐risk. RapidArc plans provided improved target conformity and reduced treatment delivery times. Our findings might be limited to tumor site specific (mostly oropharynx). This study should be extended to evaluate various primary tumor sites in the head‐and‐neck. © 2010, American Association of Physicists in Medicine. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yoo, S; Das, S; wu, Q; Brizel, D; Yin, F

Published Date

  • January 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 3216 -

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-2405

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1118/1.3468526

Citation Source

  • Scopus