Objective To comparatively evaluate the hematological toxicity (HT) associated with 3 concurrent chemoradiotherapies that are routinely used to treat cervical cancer, including 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and RapidARC and to establish a new normal tissue complication probability model of bone marrow (BM) to predict HT in cervical cancer patients undergoing concurrent chemoradiotherapy.
Methods Patients with cervical cancer (N = 100) who received concurrent cisplatin and whole-pelvic radiotherapy were enrolled in this study. Dosimetric parameters (including V10, V20, V30, and V40 and mean doses to the pelvic bone) and HT were analyzed.
Results The V20, V30, and V40 and mean doses to the BM were lower in the IMRT and RapidARC groups than in the 3DCRT group, and the RapidARC group had higher V10 and V40 and mean values than the IMRT group. The V20, V30, and V40 and the mean dose to the pelvic bone were positively correlated with HT. Generalized linear normal tissue complication probability models of white blood cell (WBC) and absolute neutrophil cell (ANC) nadirs and BM V20 were established as follows: WBC nadir = 3.382 – 4.056 • V20 + 0.295 • baseline of WBC (adjusted R2 = 0.246, F = 15.847) and ANC nadir = 2.438 – 2.780 • V20 + 0.233 • baseline of ANC (adjusted R2 = 0.236, F = 16.282).
Conclusions This study suggests that IMRT results in milder hematological toxicity than either 3DCRT or RapidARC. Dosimetric parameters were associated with the incidence of HT in cervical cancer patients who received concurrent chemoradiotherapies.
- Cervical cancer
- Hematological toxicity
- Bone marrow
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This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hubei province of China (grant no. 2012 F FB02328).
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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