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Noora Al-Hammadi, Palmira Caparrotti, Carole Naim, Jillian Hayes, Katherine Rebecca Benson, Ana Vasic, Hissa Al-Abdulla, Rabih Hammoud, Saju Divakar and Primoz Petric

-DIBH radiotherapy was characterized by excellent patient compliance and high set-up accuracy which was non-inferior to the historic FB control. We found that V-DIBH, when compared with FB technique, achieved significant reduction of all analyzed DVH parameters for LAD and heart ( Table 2 ). In our patient cohort, the mean cardiac dose was reduced by 50% and V25Gy by 64% ( Table 2 ). The heart-sparing effect afforded by the V-DIBH did not come at a cost of inferior dose-coverage of the OPTV when compared with the FB treatment plans ( Table 2 ). Covariates that impact the cardiac

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Qian Zhang, Xiao Li Yu, Wei Gang Hu, Jia Yi Chen, Jia Zhou Wang, Jin Song Ye and Xiao Mao Guo


Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate the dosimetric benefit of applying volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) on the post-mastectomy left-sided breast cancer patients, with the involvement of internal mammary nodes (IMN).

Patients and methods. The prescription dose was 50 Gy delivered in 25 fractions, and the clinical target volume included the left chest wall (CW) and IMN. VMAT plans were created and compared with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) plans on Pinnacle treatment planning system. Comparative endpoints were dose homogeneity within planning target volume (PTV), target dose coverage, doses to the critical structures including heart, lungs and the contralateral breast, number of monitor units and treatment delivery time.

Results. VMAT and IMRT plans showed similar PTV dose homogeneity, but, VMAT provided a better dose coverage for IMN than IMRT (p = 0.017). The mean dose (Gy), V30 (%) and V10 (%) for the heart were 13.5 ± 5.0 Gy, 9.9% ± 5.9% and 50.2% ± 29.0% by VMAT, and 14.0 ± 5.4 Gy, 10.6% ± 5.8% and 55.7% ± 29.6% by IMRT, respectively. The left lung mean dose (Gy), V20 (%), V10 (%) and the right lung V5 (%) were significantly reduced from 14.1 ± 2.3 Gy, 24.2% ± 5.9%, 42.4% ± 11.9% and 41.2% ± 12.3% with IMRT to 12.8 ± 1.9 Gy, 21.0% ± 3.8%, 37.1% ± 8.4% and 32.1% ± 18.2% with VMAT, respectively. The mean dose to the contralateral breast was 1.7 ± 1.2 Gy with VMAT and 2.3 ± 1.6 Gy with IMRT. Finally, VMAT reduced the number of monitor units by 24% and the treatment time by 53%, as compared to IMRT.

Conclusions. Compared to 5-be am step-and-shot IMRT, VMAT achieves similar or superior target coverage and a better normal tissue sparing, with fewer monitor units and shorter delivery time.

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M. Kozarski, P. Suwalski, K. Zieliński, K. Górczyńska, B. Szafron, K.J. Pałko, R. Smoczyński and M. Darowski

R eferences [1] R.O. Bonow, B.A. Carabello, K. Chatterjee, A.C. de Leon, D.P. Faxon, M.D. Freed, W.H. Gaasch, B.W. Lytle, R.A. Nishimura, P.T. O’Gara, R.A. O’Rurke, C.M. Otto, P.H. Shah, and I.S. Shanewise, “2006 writing committee members. American college of cardiology/american heart association task force 2008 focused update incorporated into the acc/aha 2006 guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association. Task force on practice guideline (writing committee

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Yi Chih Chang, Tien Hsing Chen, Pyng Jing Lin, Kuo Chun Hung, Fen Chiung Lin, Chun Chieh Wang, I Chang Hsieh, Jian Liang Wang, Hung Ta Wo and Chien Chia Wu

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Ionela Movileanu, Marius Harpa, Klara Branzaniuc, Horatiu Suciu, Ovidiu S. Cotoi, Peter Olah and Dan Simionescu

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K. Dawidowska

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Tanja Marinko

Unlike 2D radiotherapy, 3D radiotherapy allows defining the dose delivered to any point to the heart. If radiotherapy is delivered in a breath hold, which allows the heart to move down and posterior to the treatment volume, the sparing effect to the heart is even greater. 32 In a study comparing free breathing (FB) with voluntary deep inspiration breath hold (V-DIBH) resulted in a significant reduction of mean cardiac dose from 6.1 +/- 2.5 to 3.2 +/- 1.4 Gy (p < 0.001), maximum cardiac dose from 51.1 +/- 1.4 to 48.5 +/- 6.8 Gy (p = 0.005) and cardiac V25Gy from 8

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Saibal Chakravorty, Indranil Purkait, Anil Pareek and Avinash Talware

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Gytis Grigaliūnas, Lina Gumbienė, Nomeda Valevičienė, Mindaugas Matačiūnas, Virgilijus Tarutis, Germanas Marinskis and Audrius Aidietis

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Maciej Otto, Jacek Dzwonkowski, Andrzej Januszewicz, Mariola Pęczkowska, Andrzej Kański, Anna Kasperlik-Załuska, Elżbieta Rosłonowska and Jacek Szmidt

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