Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Stereotactic body radiotherapy for isolated para-aortic lymph node recurrence after curative resection in gastric cancer

Metastases from gastric cancer are common and can progress rapidly; even with aggressive treatment 5-year survival rates are low. However, researchers from Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences hypothesized that there is a certain population of such patients in whom the disease follows a more indolent course, based on studies of patients with
resected liver metastases. This population may benefit from SRS of isolated metastases from
gastric primaries. Thus, they treated 7 such patients with the CyberKnife® System, delivering 45 to 51 Gy (median 48 Gy) in 3 fractions. The patients were followed for 14 to 33 months (median 26 months). Local control was achieved in 6 of 7 patients; 2 patients were disease-free, 3 were alive with disease, and 2 patients died of disease progression. Three-year actuarial overall survival was 43%, and disease-free survival was 29%. The authors conclude that the results support their hypothesis that an indolent subgroup with less aggressive disease progression who could benefit
from the use of local treatments such as CyberKnife Radiosurgery.
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