Radiotherapy treatment planning for testicular seminoma, "Beyond the Abstract," by Richard B. Wilder, MD, MS, MBA

BERKELEY, CA ( - Most clinical stage I testicular seminoma patients who relapse on post-orchiectomy surveillance can be salvaged.[1, 2] The MRC TE19/EORTC 30982 study showed that a single dose of carboplatin chemotherapy is non-inferior to para-aortic radiotherapy for clinical stage I testicular seminoma.[3] However, the toxicity of carboplatin chemotherapy beyond 10 years is not well-defined.[4] Dutch registries revealed a 15% cumulative incidence of second malignant neoplasms 25 years after subdiaphragmatic radiotherapy for testicular seminoma; this was 2.6 times higher than the incidence rate among those treated with inguinal orchiectomy alone.[5]

Subdiaphragmatic radiotherapy also results in a two-fold or greater risk of cardiovascular disease beyond 15 years.[6, 7, 8] Validated predictive factors are needed to improve the applicability of risk-adapted chemotherapy or radiotherapy for clinical stage I testicular seminoma.[9, 10, 11, 12] Consequently, post-orchiectomy surveillance has become the preferred approach for clinical stage I patients.[13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18] Nevertheless, many clinical stage I patients in the United States continue to undergo para-aortic radiotherapy.[19] As a result, the Principles of Radiotherapy for Pure Testicular Seminoma Subcommittee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Testicular Cancer Panel developed evidence-based radiotherapy guidelines for clinical stage IA-IIB patients with the caveat that post-orchiectomy surveillance has become the preferred approach for clinical stage I patients.[20]

With regard to clinical stage IIA-IIB testicular seminoma patients, the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in OncologyTM recommend radiotherapy; alternatively, chemotherapy may be given for selected clinical stage IIB patients.[15] Clinical studies [21, 22, 23] and a nodal-mapping study [24]support raising the inferior border of dog-leg radiotherapy fields from the obturator foramen to the top of the acetabulum. Computed tomography-based radiotherapy improves target delineation and kidney and bowel shielding.[20, 25, 26] Anteroposterior (AP) and posteroanterior (PA) radiotherapy fields remain the standard beam arrangement since they deliver relatively low doses to the kidneys, liver, and bowel. The mean dose (Dmean) and dose delivered to 50% of the volume (D50%) of the kidneys, liver, and bowel are lower with 2 as opposed to 7 fields.[27] As a result, the risk of a second cancer arising in the kidneys, liver, or bowel may be lower with three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy than with intensity modulated radiation therapy.[28]


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Richard B. Wilder, MD, MS, MBA as part of Beyond the Abstract on This initiative offers a method of publishing for the professional urology community. Authors are given an opportunity to expand on the circumstances, limitations etc... of their research by referencing the published abstract.

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