Simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) for nasopharynx cancer with helical tomotherapy: A planning study

Claudio Fiorino, Italo Dell'Oca, Alessio Pierelli, Sara Broggi, Giovanni Mauro Cattaneo, Anna Chiara, Elena De Martin, Nadia Di Muzio, Ferruccio Fazio, Riccardo Calandrino

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Purpose: To explore the potential of helical tomotherapy (HT) in the treatment of nasopharynx cancer. Patients and Methods: Six T1-4 N1-3 patients were considered. A simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) technique was planned with inversely optimized conventional intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT; dynamic multileaf collimator using the Eclipse-Helios Varian system) and HT. The prescribed (median) doses were 54 Gy, 61.5 Gy, and 64.5 Gy delivered in 30 fractions to PTV1 (planning target volume), PTV2, and PTV3, respectively. The same constraints for PTV coverage and for parotids, spinal cord, mandible, optic structures, and brain stem were followed in both modalities. The planner also tried to reduce the dose to other structures (mucosae outside PTV1, larynx, esophagus, inner ear, thyroid, brain, lungs, submental connective tissue, bony structures) as much as possible. Results: The fraction of PTV receiving > 95% of the prescribed dose (V95%) increased from 97.6% and 94.3% (IMRT) to 99.6% and 97% (HT) for PTV1 and PTV3, respectively (p <0.05); median dose to parotids decreased from 30.1 Gy for IMRT to 25.0 Gy for HT (p <0.05). Significant gains (p <0.05) were found for most organs at risk (OARs): mucosae (V30 decreased from 44 cm3 [IMRT] to 18 cm3 [HT]); larynx (V30: 25 cm3 vs. 11 cm3); thyroid (mean dose: 48.7 Gy vs. 41.5 Gy); esophagus (V45: 4 cm3 vs. 1 cm3); brain stem (D1%: 45.1 Gy vs. 37.7 Gy). Conclusion: HT improves the homogeneity of dose distribution within PTV and PTV coverage together with a significantly greater sparing of OARs compared to linac five-field IMRT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-505
Number of pages9
JournalStrahlentherapie und Onkologie
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007


  • Head-and-neck radiotherapy
  • IMRT
  • Planning optimization
  • Tomotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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