Aim: To assess the impact of a two-step multiparameter selection on the actual enrollment of women with breast cancer into a prospective intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) trial. Patients and Methods: From September 2009, a prospective clinical trial was started in order to deliver adjuvant exclusive single -fraction IORT to patients with early breast cancer. To select patients meeting suitable eligibility criteria for the clinical trial, a two-step decision process was developed: at pre-surgical examination (first step) and during surgery (second step). Results: A series of 464 patients with breast cancer was analysed: at the first step, out of 464 patients, 333 (71%) were considered eligible for the IORT protocol; at the second step, out of 333 patients, 199 (60%) met the eligibility criteria and received the IORT fraction according to the criteria of the controlled trial. Conclusion: In our experience, the ultimate rate of patients who enrolled in the IORT clinical trial after the two-step decision process was 43%.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2012|
- Breast cancer
- Decision process
- Intraoperative radiation therapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research