Dose constraint for minimizing Grade 2 rectal bleeding following brachytherapy combined with external beam radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer: Rectal dose-volume histogram analysis of 457 patients - Abstract

Department of Radiology, Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.


To determine the rectal tolerance to Grade 2 rectal bleeding after I-125 seed brachytherapy combined with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), based on the rectal dose-volume histogram.

A total of 458 consecutive patients with stages T1 to T3 prostate cancer received combined modality treatment consisting of I-125 seed implantation followed by EBRT to the prostate and seminal vesicles. The prescribed doses of brachytherapy and EBRT were 100 Gy and 45 Gy in 25 fractions, respectively. The rectal dosimetric factors were analyzed for rectal volumes receiving >100 Gy and >150 Gy (R100 and R150) during brachytherapy and for rectal volumes receiving >30 Gy to 40 Gy (V30-V40) during EBRT therapy in 373 patients for whom datasets were available. The patients were followed from 21 to 72 months (median, 45 months) after the I-125 seed implantation.

Forty-four patients (9.7%) developed Grade 2 rectal bleeding. On multivariate analysis, age (p = 0.014), R100 (p = 0.002), and V30 (p = 0.001) were identified as risk factors for Grade 2 rectal bleeding. The rectal bleeding rate increased as the R100 increased: 5.0% (2/40 patients) for 0 ml; 7.5% (20/267 patients) for >0 to 0.5 ml; 11.0% (11/100 patients) for >0.5 to 1 ml; 17.9% (5/28 patients) for >1 to 1.5 ml; and 27.3% (6/22 patients) for >1.5 ml (p = 0.014). Grade 2 rectal bleeding developed in 6.4% (12/188) of patients with a V30 ≤35% and in 14.1% (26/185) of patients with a V30 >35% (p = 0.02). When these dose-volume parameters were considered in combination, the Grade 2 rectal bleeding rate was 4.2% (5/120 patients) for a R100 ≤0.5 ml and a V30 ≤35%, whereas it was 22.4% (13/58 patients) for R100 of >0.5 ml and V30 of >35%.

The risk of rectal bleeding was found to be significantly volume-dependent in patients with prostate cancer who received combined modality treatment. Rectal dose-volume analysis is a practical method for predicting the risk of development of Grade 2 rectal bleeding.

Written by:
Shiraishi Y, Yorozu A, Ohashi T, Toya K, Seki S, Yoshida K, Kaneda T, Saito S, Nishiyama T, Hanada T, Shigematsu N.   Are you the author?

Reference: Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Mar 11. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2011.01.012

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PMID: 21398047 Prostate Cancer Section



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