Factors affecting post-treatment radiation-induced lung disease in patients receiving stereotactic body radiotherapy to lung


The aim of the study is to investigate factors that may cause radiation-induced lung disease (RILD) in patients undergoing stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for lung tumors. Medical records of patients treated between May 2018 and June 2019 with SBRT were retrospectively evaluated. All patients should have a diagnosis of either primary non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or less than three metastases to lung from another primary. The median treatment dose was 50 Gy in 4–5 fractions. Tumor response and RILD were evaluated in thoracic computer tomography (CT) using RECIST criteria. 82 patients with 97 lung lesions were treated. The median age was 68 years (IQR = 62–76). With a median follow-up of 7.2 months (3–18 months), three patients had grade 3 radiation pneumonitis (RP). RILD was observed in 52% of cases. Patients who had RILD had a higher risk of symptomatic RP (p = 0.007). In multivariate analyses older age, previous lung radiotherapy history, and median planning treatment volume (PTV) D95 value of ≥ 48 Gy were associated with RILD. Local recurrence (LR) was observed in 5.1% of cases. There was no difference in overall survival and LR with the presence of RILD. Older age, previous lung radiotherapy history, and median PTV D95 value of ≥ 48 Gy seems to be associated with post-SBRT RILD.

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Hurmuz, P., Cengiz, M., Esen, C.S.B. et al. Factors affecting post-treatment radiation-induced lung disease in patients receiving stereotactic body radiotherapy to lung. Radiat Environ Biophys (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00411-020-00878-3

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  • SBRT
  • SABR
  • Lung
  • Radiation-induced lung disease
  • Radiotherapy