Strahlentherapie und Onkologie

, Volume 190, Issue 9, pp 786–791 | Cite as

Stereotactic radiosurgery for newly diagnosed brain metastases

Comparison of three dose levels
  • Dirk Rades
  • Dagmar Hornung
  • Oliver Blanck
  • Kristina Martens
  • Mai Trong Khoa
  • Ngo Thuy Trang
  • Michael Hüppe
  • Patrick Terheyden
  • Jan Gliemroth
  • Steven E. Schild
Original article


Background and purpose

Three doses were compared for local control of irradiated metastases, freedom from new brain metastases, and survival in patients receiving stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone for one to three newly diagnosed brain metastases.

Patients and methods

In all, 134 patients were assigned to three groups according to the SRS dose given to the margins of the lesions: 13–16 Gy (n = 33), 18 Gy (n = 18), and 20 Gy (n = 83). Additional potential prognostic factors were evaluated: age (≤ 60 vs. > 60 years), gender, Karnofsky Performance Scale score (70–80 vs. 90–100), tumor type (non-small-cell lung cancer vs. melanoma vs. others), number of brain metastases (1 vs. 2–3), lesion size (< 15 vs. ≥ 15 mm), extracranial metastases (no vs. yes), RPA class (1 vs. 2), and interval of cancer diagnosis to SRS (≤ 24 vs. > 24 months).


For 13–16 Gy, 18 Gy, and 20 Gy, the 1-year local control rates were 31, 65, and 79 %, respectively (p < 0.001). The SRS dose maintained significance on multivariate analysis (risk ratio: 2.25; 95 % confidence interval: 1.56–3.29; p < 0.001). On intergroup comparisons of local control, 20 Gy was superior to 13–16 Gy (p < 0.001) but not to 18 Gy (p = 0.12); 18 Gy showed a strong trend toward better local control when compared with 13–16 Gy (p = 0.059). Freedom from new brain metastases (p = 0.57) and survival (p = 0.15) were not associated with SRS dose in the univariate analysis.


SRS doses of 18 Gy and 20 Gy resulted in better local control than 13–16 Gy. However, 20 Gy and 18 Gy must be compared again in a larger cohort of patients. Freedom from new brain metastases and survival were not associated with SRS dose.


Brain metastases Stereotactic radiosurgery dose Local control Freedom from new brain metastases Survival 

Stereotaktische Radiochirurgie von neu diagnostizierten Hirnmetastasen

Vergleich dreier Dosislevel


Hintergrund und Ziel

Drei Dosislevel bei der alleinigen stereotaktischen Radiochirurgie (SRS) von 1 bis 3 neu diagnostizierten Hirnmetastasen wurden hinsichtlich lokaler Kontrolle der bestrahlten Metastasen, Nichtauftreten neuer Hirnmetastasen und Gesamtüberleben verglichen.

Material und Methoden

Nach der am Rand der Metastasen applizierten SRS-Dosis wurden 134 Patienten den Gruppen 13–16 Gy (n = 33), 18 Gy (n = 18) und 20 Gy (n = 83) zugeteilt. Weitere mögliche Prognosefaktoren wurden untersucht: Alter (≤ 60 vs. > 60 Jahre), Geschlecht, Karnofsky-Performance-Score (KPS 70–80 vs. 90–100), Primärtumor (nichtkleinzelliges Bronchialkarzinom vs. Melanom vs. andere), Anzahl der Hirnmetastasen (1 vs. 2–3), Größe der Läsionen (< 15 vs. ≥ 15 mm), extrakranielle Metastasen (nein vs. ja), RPA-Klasse (1 vs. 2) und Intervall von der Erstdiagnose der Tumorerkrankung bis zur SRS (≤ 24 vs. > 24 Monate).


In den 3 Gruppen 13–16 Gy, 18 Gy und 20 Gy betrugen die Raten für die lokale Kontrolle nach 1 Jahr 31 %, 65 % und 79 % (p < 0,001). Die SRS-Dosis war auch in der multivariaten Analyse signifikant (Risk-Ratio: 2,25; 95 % CI 1,56–3,29; p < 0,001). Nach den Vergleichen zwischen den Gruppen hinsichtlich der lokalen Kontrolle war 20 Gy signifikant 13–16 Gy überlegen (p < 0,001), nicht jedoch 18 Gy (p = 0,12). Der Vergleich 18 Gy vs. 13–16 Gy ergab einen deutlichen Trend zugunsten von 18 Gy (p = 0,059). Das Nichtauftreten neuer Hirnmetastasen (p = 0,57) und das Gesamtüberleben (p = 0,15) waren in der univariaten Analyse nicht mit der SRS-Dosis assoziiert.


SRS-Dosen von 20 Gy und 18 Gy waren mit einer besseren lokalen Kontrolle assoziiert als 13–16 Gy. 20 Gy und 18 Gy müssen erneut in einer größeren Patientenkohorte verglichen werden. Das Nichtauftreten neuer Hirnmetastasen und das Gesamtüberleben waren nicht mit der SRS-Dosis assoziiert.


Hirnmetastasen Stereotaktischen Radiochirurgie (SRS)-Dosis Lokale Kontrolle Nichtauftreten neuer Hirnmetastasen Gesamtüberleben 


Compliance with ethical guidelines

Conflict of interest

D. Rades, D. Hornung, O. Blanck, K. Martens, M. Trong Khoa, N. Thuy Trang, M. Hüppe, P. Terheyden, J. Gliemroth, and S. E. Schild state that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Rades
    • 1
  • Dagmar Hornung
    • 2
  • Oliver Blanck
    • 1
    • 3
  • Kristina Martens
    • 1
    • 4
  • Mai Trong Khoa
    • 5
    • 6
  • Ngo Thuy Trang
    • 6
  • Michael Hüppe
    • 7
  • Patrick Terheyden
    • 8
  • Jan Gliemroth
    • 9
  • Steven E. Schild
    • 10
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany
  3. 3.CyberKnife Center Northern GermanyGüstrowGermany
  4. 4.Center for Integrative PsychiatryUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany
  5. 5.Department of Nuclear MedicineHanoi Medical UniversityHanoiVietnam
  6. 6.Nuclear Medicine and Oncology CenterBach Mai HospitalHanoiVietnam
  7. 7.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany
  8. 8.Department of DermatologyUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany
  9. 9.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany
  10. 10.Department of Radiation OncologyMayo Clinic ScottsdaleScottsdaleUSA

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