Implementation of state-of-the-art (chemo)radiation for advanced cervix cancer in the Netherlands: A quality improvement program

Astrid A.C. De Leeuw, Remi A. Nout, Ruud G.H. Van Leeuwen, Anton Mans, Lia G. Verhoef, Ina Maria Jürgenliemk-Schulz
2019 Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology  
To report on the "Dutch Quality Improvement Project" regarding external beam (EBRT) and brachytherapy (BT) contouring and treatment planning for locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC). Two rounds of three workshops were organized. Data from two patients with LACC were made available for homework exercises. Contouring and treatment planning was asked for according to the EMBRACE-II protocol. The submissions were analysed and the results were addressed during the workshops. Almost all invited
more » ... tres participated. EBRT contouring guidelines were followed within acceptable range, with major effort needed with regard to the ITV concept. BT contouring was of good quality, with especially small discrepancies for centres already participating in EMBRACE.EBRT treatment planning results improved between workshops with more centres being able to fulfil the planning aims. Guidance was especially necessary to improve the coverage probability planning for affected nodes.For BT planning prioritizing between target coverage and OAR sparing improved over time; the variation in dose to vaginal points remained considerable, as did variation in loading patterns and spatial dose distribution.The project was highly appreciated by all participants. Homework and workshop activities provide a suitable platform for discussion, exchange of experience and improvement of quality and conformity. Due to this project, radiotherapy for LACC can be administered with better and more comparable quality throughout the Netherlands.
doi:10.1016/j.tipsro.2018.10.001 pmid:32095588 pmcid:PMC7033811 fatcat:6wp5qffx4fgwvbwqos6ujapzhq