Is Proton Beam Radiotherapy Worthwhile in the Management of Angiosarcoma of the Scalp?

Viviana Vitolo, Amelia Barcellini, Alfredo Mirandola, Angelica Facoetti, Alberto Iannalfi, Barbara Vischioni, Maria Rosaria Fiore, Silvia Brugnatelli, Simona Secondino, Sara Ronchi, Maria Bonora, Lorenzo Preda, Francesca Valvo

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Abstract

In inoperable patients, the management of angiosarcoma of the scalp is challenging. Due to intrinsic, dosimetric and radiobiological properties, proton beam radiotherapy may be an effective and safe option to offer to these difficult-to-cure patients. Here, we report a case of angiosarcoma of the scalp treated successfully with proton beam radiotherapy. Angiosarcoma is a rare malignancy concerning around 2% of soft-tissue sarcomas and 5% of cutaneous soft-tissue sarcomas. Cutaneous angiosarcomas can occur in any part of the body, but the head and neck region is a common primary site and the scalp is a frequent site in elderly patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1645-1649
Number of pages5
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • angiosarcoma
  • hadrontherapy
  • Proton beam radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Vitolo, V., Barcellini, A., Mirandola, A., Facoetti, A., Iannalfi, A., Vischioni, B., Fiore, M. R., Brugnatelli, S., Secondino, S., Ronchi, S., Bonora, M., Preda, L., & Valvo, F. (2020). Is Proton Beam Radiotherapy Worthwhile in the Management of Angiosarcoma of the Scalp? Anticancer Research, 40(3), 1645-1649. https://doi.org/10.21873/anticanres.14114