Whole breast irradiation for small-sized breasts after conserving surgery: Is the field-in-field technique optimal?

Dae Sik Yang, Jung Ae Lee, Won Sup Yoon, Se Young Chung, Suk Lee, Chul Yong Kim, Young Je Park, Gil Soo Son

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Abstract

Background: To determine the optimal whole breast irradiation technique in patients with small-sized breasts, tangential and field-in-field IMRT (FIF) techniques were compared. Methods: Sixteen patients with ≤3 cm breast height and ≤350 cc volume were included. Seven patients had 4D CTs performed. The planning target volumes (PTV), editing 5 and 2 mm from the surface on the whole breast, were delineated and called PTV(5) and PTV(2), respectively. Dose-volume histograms of tangential techniques with open beam (OT) and wedge filter (WT), conventional FIF (cFIF), and modified FIF (mFIF) blocking out the lung were produced. Various dose-volume parameters, the dose heterogeneity index (DHtrI), dose homogeneity index (DHmI), and PTV dose improvement (PDI) were calculated. Results: OT compared with WT showed a significantly favorable V90 of the heart and lung, and PTV(5)-dose distribution. Comparing OT and cFIF, OT showed significant improvement in the V95 of PTV(2), whereas cFIF showed significant improvement in the V95, DHtrI, DHmI, and PDI of the PTV(5). In comparing cFIF and mFIF, mFIF showed improved dose distributions of the heart and lung, while cFIF presented the better V95, DHtrI, DHmI, and PDI of the PTV(5). Respiratory influences on the absolute dose were mostly within 1 %. The ratio of free breathing and each respiratory phase was similar among OT, cFIF, and mFIF. Conclusions: cFIF has favorable dose conformity and is suggested to be an optimal method for small-sized breasts. However, OT for dose coverage close to the skin and mFIF for normal tissue may also be potential alternatives. Respiratory effects are minimal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-169
Number of pages8
JournalBreast Cancer
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast size
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Respiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Yang, D. S., Lee, J. A., Yoon, W. S., Chung, S. Y., Lee, S., Kim, C. Y., Park, Y. J., & Son, G. S. (2014). Whole breast irradiation for small-sized breasts after conserving surgery: Is the field-in-field technique optimal? Breast Cancer, 21(2), 162-169. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12282-012-0365-y