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3/2022
vol. 14
 
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Dosimetric and radiobiological evaluation of treatment plan for cervical cancer high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy

Gurpreet Kaur
1
,
Pardeep Garg
1
,
Anoop Kumar Srivastava
2
,
Garima Gaur
1
,
Sheetal Sheetal
3
,
Romikant Grover
1
,
Manraj Singh Kang
1
,
Vinod Kumar Dangwal
4

1.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India
3.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Advance Cancer Institute, Bathinda, Punjab, India
4.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Govt. Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India
J Contemp Brachytherapy 2022; 14, 3: 253–259
Online publish date: 2022/06/30
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Purpose
The purpose of the study was to consider and calculate dosimetric parameters during treatment planning to improve radiobiological outcomes for cervical cancer patients treated with high-dose-rate (HDR) intracavitary brachytherapy (ICBT).

Material and methods
In the present study, dose volume histograms (DVH) of 30 cervical cancer patients treated with HDR brachytherapy using computer tomography (CT)-based planning were analyzed. High-risk clinical target volume (HR-CTV) was contoured as the main target volume for all the patients, with an assumption that there was no presence of gross tumor at the time of brachytherapy. Values of target coverage volumes (100%, 150%, and 200%) were obtained from DVH, which was used to calculate different quality indices (QIs), including coverage index (CI), dose homogeneity index (DHI), overdose volume index (ODI), and dose non-uniformity ratio (DNR). Values of these QIs were further used to calculate tumor control probability (TCP). Statistical correlation between all QIs with TCP was established. Also, normal tissue complication probabilities for bladder (NTCP_B) and rectum (NTCP_R) were calculated.

Results
The mean values of the various calculated parameters, including CI, DHI, ODI, DNR, TCP, NTCP_B and NTCP_R were 0.92 ±0.07, 0.26 ±0.10, 0.50 ±0.10, 0.74 ±0.10, 0.92 ±0.07, 0.08 ±0.25, and 0.36 ±0.27, respectively. Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient between CI, DHI, ODI, and DNR with regards to TCP was +0.85, –0.85, +0.84, and +0.85, respectively.

Conclusions
The correlation between dosimetric and radiobiological parameters was found statistically significant, which shows the influence of dosimetric parameters on the radiobiological outcome. Therefore, these parameters should be considered during the treatment planning to improve the radiobiological outcome.

keywords:

DVH, quality indices, TCP, NTCP, HDR, intracavitary brachytherapy

 
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