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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2016 Sep 07

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language: English

LINAC-Based radiosurgery for melanoma, sarcoma and renal cell carcinoma brain metastases

Ernesto MARANZANO, Michelina CASALE, Rossella RISPOLI, Fabio TRIPPA, Lorena DRAGHINI, Fabio ARCIDIACONO, Sandro CARLETTI, Paola ANSELMO

Radiotherapy Oncology Centre, “S. Maria” Hospital, Terni, Italy


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BACKGROUND: To report response, overall survival (OS) and toxicity in patients with radioresistant brain metastases (BM) treated with radiosurgery (SRS).
METHODS: Patients with renal cell carcinoma, melanoma and sarcoma with one to four brain metastases received SRS without whole brain radiotherapy.
RESULTS: 50 patients with 77 BM were treated. 46 (92%) patients with 71 BM were evaluable. Median follow-up was 67 months and median OS 11.8 months. At the time of analysis all patients had died. Brain control was conditioned by response to SRS (P<0.0001), while OS by histology (renal cell carcinoma versus melanoma and sarcoma) (P=0.04) and status of the tumour outside the brain (P=0.05). Treatment was well tolerated without more than grade 2 acute toxicity.
CONCLUSIONS: Treatment of BM from radioresistant tumors with SRS assures good brain control and OS with low toxicity. Our data suggest a better prognosis associated to renal cell carcinoma histology.

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Maranzano E, Casale M, Rispoli R, Trippa F, Draghini L, Arcidiacono F, et al. LINAC-Based radiosurgery for melanoma, sarcoma and renal cell carcinoma brain metastases. J Neurosurg Sci 2016 Sep 07. 

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