Strahlentherapie und Onkologie

, Volume 184, Issue 12, pp 655–662 | Cite as

Comparison of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone and whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) plus a stereotactic boost (WBRT + SRS) for one to three brain metastases

  • Dirk Rades
  • Jan-Dirk Kueter
  • Dagmar Hornung
  • Theo Veninga
  • Patrick Hanssens
  • Steven E. Schild
  • Juergen Dunst
Original Article



The best available treatment of patients with one to three brain metastases is still unclear. This study compared the results of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone and whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) plus SRS (WBRT + SRS).

Patients and Methods

Survival (OS), intracerebral control (IC), and local control of treated metastases (LC) were retrospectively analyzed in 144 patients receiving SRS alone (n = 93) or WBRT + SRS (n = 51). Eight additional potential prognostic factors were evaluated: age, gender, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance score (ECOG-PS), tumor type, number of brain metastases, extracerebral metastases, recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) class, and interval from tumor diagnosis to irradiation. Subgroup analyses were performed for RPA class I and II patients.


1-year-OS was 53% after SRS and 56% after WBRT + SRS (p = 0.24). 1-year-IC rates were 51% and 66% (p = 0.015), respectively. 1-year-LC rates were 66% and 87% (p = 0.003), respectively. On multivariate analyses, OS was associated with age (p = 0.004), ECOG-PS (p = 0.005), extracerebral metastases (p < 0.001), RPA class (p < 0.001), and interval from tumor diagnosis to irradiation (p < 0.001). IC was associated with interval from tumor diagnosis to irradiation (p = 0.004) and almost with treatment (p = 0.09), and LC with treatment (p = 0.026) and almost with interval (p = 0.08). The results of the subgroup analyses were similar to those of the entire cohort. The increase in IC was stronger in RPA class I patients.


WBRT + SRS resulted in better IC and LC but not better OS than SRS alone. Because also IC and LC are important end-points, additional WBRT appears justified in patients with one to three brain metastases, in particular in RPA class I patients.

Key Words

Brain metastases Stereotactic radiosurgery Whole brain radiation therapy Treatment outcome 

Vergleich von alleiniger Radiochirurgie (SRS) und Ganzhirnbestrahlung plus stereotaktischem Boost (WBRT + SRS) bei der Behandlung von 1 bis 3 Hirnmetastasen



Die bestmögliche Behandlung von Patienten mit 1 bis 3 Hirnmetastasen ist unklar. Diese Studie vergleicht die Ergebnisse der alleinigen Radiochirurgie (SRS) mit den Ergebnissen nach Ganzhirnbestrahlung plus stereotaktischem Boost (WBRT + SRS).

Patienten und Methodik

Gesamtüberleben, intrazerebrale Kontrolle (IC) und lokale Kontrolle der behandelten Metastasen (LC) wurden retrospektiv bei 144 Patienten (93 SRS, 51 WBRT + SRS) ausgewertet (Tabelle 1). Acht weitere mögliche Prognosefaktoren wurden untersucht: Alter, Geschlecht, Allgemeinzustand, Primärtumor, Zahl der Hirnmetastasen, extrazerebrale Metastasierung, RPA-(Recursive-Partitioning-Analysis-)Klasse und Intervall von Erstdiagnose der Tumorerkrankung bis Strahlentherapie. Für die RPA-Klassen I und II wurden Subgruppenanalysen durchgeführt.


Das Gesamtüberleben nach 1 Jahr betrug 53% nach SRS und 56% nach WBRT + SRS (p = 0,24) (Abbildung 1, Tabelle 2). Die Raten für die 1-Jahres-IC waren 51% und 66% (p = 0,015), die Raten für die 1-Jahres-LC 66% und 87% (p = 0,003) (Abbildungen 1 und 2, Tabellen 3 und 4). In der Multivarianzanalyse war das Gesamtüberleben mit dem Alter (p = 0,004), dem Allgemeinzustand (p = 0,005), extrazerebraler Metastasierung (p < 0,001), RPA-Klasse (p < 0,001) und dem Intervall von Erstdiagnose bis Strahlentherapie (p < 0,001) assoziiert. Die IC war mit dem Intervall (p = 0,004) und annähernd mit dem Behandlungsregime (p = 0,09), die LC mit dem Behandlungsregime (p = 0,026) und annähernd mit dem Intervall assoziiert (p = 0,08). Die Ergebnisse der Subgruppenanalysen waren denen der Gesamtstudie vergleichbar, wobei die Verbesserung der IC in der RPA-Klasse I ausgeprägter war (Tabelle 5).


Die Kombination aus WBRT und SRS führte zu besserer IC und LC als die alleinige SRS, aber nicht zu besserem Gesamtüberleben. Da auch IC und LC wichtige Endpunkte sind, erscheint die zusätzliche WBRT bei Patienten mit 1 bis 3 Hirnmetastasen gerechtfertigt, insbesondere bei Patienten der RPA-Klasse I.


Hirnmetastasen Radiochirurgie Ganzhirnbestrahlung Behandlungsergebnisse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Rades
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Jan-Dirk Kueter
    • 1
  • Dagmar Hornung
    • 2
  • Theo Veninga
    • 3
  • Patrick Hanssens
    • 3
  • Steven E. Schild
    • 4
  • Juergen Dunst
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity Hospital Schleswig-HolsteinCampus LuebeckGermany
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity Medical CenterHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Radiation OncologyDr. Bernard Verbeeten InstituteTilburgThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Radiation OncologyMayo Clinic ScottsdaleArizonaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity Hospital Schleswig-Holstein Campus LuebeckLuebeckGermany

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