Concomitant Boost Radiotherapy after Conservative Breast Surgery in Early Breast Cancer
Advances in Breast Cancer Research
Radiation therapy after breast conserving surgery is a standard part of treatment for invasive breast cancer. Based on radiobiological models, it was found that shorter radiation schedules offered the promise of equivalent local control to standard radiation therapy by giving larger doses per fraction in shorter period of time. Methods: This study included 36 female patients with operable invasive stage I-II breast cancer. These patients underwent microscopic wide local excision of the primary
... ion of the primary tumor and lymph node dissection. They received adjuvant radiotherapy. The radiation dose was 40 Gy total dose in 15 fractions for whole breast and additional dose of 9 Gy in three consecutive fractions was delivered to tumour cavity simultaneously. Results: Mean age was 52 years (range: 30 -67); most patients were of stage II disease and Grade II was the most common one. Invasive ductal carcinoma was reported in 94.4% and 72.2% of patients were hormone receptor positive. After median follow-up of 52 months, all patients were alive and ipsilateral local recurrence was reported in 1 case only. Grade IV radiation toxicity was not observed; moist desquamation was the most common acute reaction (61%) with grade III in 5.5% followed by dry desquamation in 55.6% of grade I only. Grade I erythema was recorded in 41.7% and grade II in 11%. Fibrosis was the most frequent late reaction (44.3%) with grade II in 11% followed by telengectesia then pigmentation (41.7%, 33.3% respectively). Conclusion: The regimen used in this study appears promising with acceptable acute toxicities and convenient for our patients and has the advantage of economic use of radiation facilities. However, larger number of patients and longer period of follow-up are needed for further evaluation.