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Is Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (FSRT) Effective for all Intracranial Meningiomas?
Chandana Sanjee, Suneetha Narsiyappa, Vijay Bhaskar, GurunathKilara, G Lohith*, Ramesh Bilimagga, Somrat Bhattacharjee, Kumaraswamy, Vikram Maiya and MS Belliappa
Radiation Oncologist, Healthcare Global Enterprises Limited, India
Submission: July 19, 2017; Published: July 28, 2017
*Corresponding author: G Lohith, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Healthcare Global Enterprises Limited, Bangalore, India, Email: email@example.com
How to cite this article: Chandana S, Suneetha N, Vijay B, Gurunath K, G Lohith, et al. Is Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (FSRT) Effective for all Intracranial Meningiomas?. Canc Therapy & Oncol Int J. 2017; 8(2): 555685. DOI: 10.19080/CTOIJ.2017.06.555685
Background: The maximum Meningioma tumour volume which can be treated by Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy/ Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (FSRT) is unknown.
Objective: A retrospective review of patients with meningioma treated by Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy.
Methods: 40Meningiomas were treated, either as a primary treatment or after surgery. FSRT was delivered to a median marginal dose of 21.3Gy (Range 9-27.3Gy) in 2 to 5 fractions targeting a median tumour volume of 21cm3 (3-144 cm3).
Results: After a median follow-up time of 36 months (Range 12-78 months), Survival and follow up data was available for 27 patients. The overall survival was 85 %, Progression free survival was 78%. Tumour volume was an independent prognostic factor. A volume of <30cm3 had a progression free survival was of 90% and >30 cm3 had 42.8% (p 0.024).There were 3 cases of radiation toxicity.
Conclusion: Meningioma of volume <30 cm3 can be effectively treated by Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy with an acceptable toxicity profile.
Abbreviations:FSRT: Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy; GTV: Gross Tumour Volume; SRS: Stereotactic Radio-Surgery; CDMS: Cyber knife Data Management System
Meningioma accounts for more than one third of all primary Central Nervous System tumours. Meningioma has a spectrum of presentation from being asymptomatic to having neurological deficits which can be life threatening at times.. Similarly even the management of meningioma ranges from observation [1,2] to multimodality treatment which mainly includes surgery and radiotherapy [3-5]. Although Surgery is considered the gold standard treatment for meningioma, it is not always accessible and even if accessible it is not always possible to achieve a gross total resection; hence adjuvant radiotherapy is used to improve local control rates [6,7]. In conventional radiotherapy techniques, Gross Tumour Volume is contoured after co-registration with MRI. A margin of 0-2cm is given for CTV depending on the grade of Meningioma and treated to a dose of 54-60Gy at 1.8-2Gy per fraction often resulting in a large volume of normal brain receiving radiation. The other alternative is Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy/Stereotactic (SRS), in which higher doses of radiation is delivered per fraction with high conformity. In this study we aim to study the role of Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy in treatment of meningioma as a primary treatment and as an adjuvant to surgery in Meningioma.
Conventional Radiotherapy techniques have been associated with treatment of increased volume of normal brain. Hence, advances in radiotherapy delivery techniques and imaging technologies have led to the invention of multiple radiation delivery systems. Cyber knife is a robotic stereotactic radiosurgery delivery system which uses a 6MV miniaturised linear accelerator mounted on the robotic arm. This system uses a noninvasive patient immobilization system and real time tracking system, hence can be used in medically inoperable and surgically unrespectable meningioma with.
The tracking system consists of two orthogonally mounted kV x-ray on the ceiling and corresponding amorphous silica x-ray detectors mounted on the floor. The images obtained through these detectors are compared with the digitally reconstructed images from the library of CT scan images taken during the simulation. The software used for tracking the head and neck site treatment is called 6D Skull software, named because, this software takes into account all the movements in X, Y, Z and also the three rotational movements. The robotic arm has five moving joints which in combination produce movement in six axes for the linear accelerator head, making treatment planning easy to treat any type of target. Cyber knife uses Multiplan software for treatment planning and Cyber knife Data Management System (CDMS) for handling the data between the planning and treatment delivery systems. Cyber knife has an ability to achieve good conformity and high Homogeneity index [8,9].
Stereotactic Radio-surgery (SRS) is defined as delivery of a high dose of up to maximum of 15Gy in a single session and is indicated only if the tumour volume is less than 10-15 cm3 with a minimal distance of optic apparatus of between 2-4mm [10,11]; thereby not all meningioma are eligible for SRS. Meningioma has an alpha/beta ratio of 3.76, hence sensitive to high dose per fraction . In these patients Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy also known as Fractionated Stereotactic Radio surgery can be considered. There is no clear consensus as to the volume which is should be considered maximum for Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy.
Patient data were obtained from a prospectively maintained database of patients treated by us of the Cyber Knife Robotic Radio surgical System (Accuray, Sunnyvale, California) at the Heal h Care Global Enterprises, Bangalore. Data of 39 patients and 40meningiomas from September 2009-January 2016 were available. Follow up data, Dose and tumour volume information was available for 27patients. Patient characteristics are in (Table 1). Majority of patients presented with complaints of Headache, Seizures, Motor weakness and Progressive decrease in vision.
Twenty two women and seventeen men received Stereotactic radiation with a median age of 52 years. Two of these patients had past history of cranial irradiation (oligodendroglioma and medulloblastoma) .Patients were referred for radiotherapy if the tumour was inaccessible for surgery (Primary n=12) or as adjuvant Post surgery for residue (adjuvant treatment
n=7). It was considered adjuvant treatment if patient received radiation within 90 days of surgery or recurrence (n=22) if received radiation after 90 days, either post-surgery (n=17) or post-surgery+EBRT (n=3) or Previous Stereotactic radiation (n=1). Among the 22 recurrence patients 4 patients were post radiation recurrence who was considered for re-irradiation. The four cases had received conventional fraction radiation 4, 5, and 7 years before this treatment, one case received FSRT as boost post Conventional Radiotherapy and one case had received FSRT 5 years ago (Table 1).
The Cyber Knife Robotic Radio surgical System (Accuray, Sunnyvale, California) was used to deliver the Hypo fractionated Stereotactic radiotherapy treatments. A high- resolution thin- slice (1.25 mm) computed tomogram was obtained which is coregistered and fused with an MRI of slice thickness of 1.25mm to assist target delineation. The neuroradiologist, radiation oncologist review the MRI and delineate the Gross Tumour Volume (GTV). No margin was given as Clinical Target Volume (CTV) and a margin of 1-2mm was given to account for fusion error and contoured as Planning Target Volume (PTV). Iterative treatment plan was obtained using Cyber Knife nonisocentric inverse treatment planning software.
The prescribed dose and fractionation schedule were based on the size of the lesion, proximity of the lesion to nearby critical structures, and dose of prior radiation. Common dosage schedules used were 24-32.5Gy/2-5# (EQD2 44Gy-54Gy). Treatment characteristics are listed in (Table 2). FSRT was delivered to a median marginal dose of 21.3 (range, 9-27.3Gy) prescribed to the median 80% isodose line (range, 67-91%), median tumour volume was21.8 cm3 (Range 3-144 cm3). FSRT was delivered in 2 to 5 fractions (Median 5).
MRI was done on follow up visits. Of the treated 40meningioma, follow up imaging was available for 30 cases. Twenty One cases had Stable disease (As per RECIST). Even though the size of the lesion was stable, there was relief from complaints of the patient.
On follow up a Cerebellopontine angle Meningioma post FSRT had persistent headache and hence underwent Surgery another Tentorial Meningioma developed Trigeminal neuralgia 4-5 months after treatment and a Frontal lobe meningioma received Anti edge a measures post treatment due to treatment related oedema.
The collected data was analysed with Statistical Package for Social Sciences for Windows, Version 16.0, (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). To describe about the data Descriptive statistics, frequency analysis and percentage analysis were used for Categorical variables and the mean, median & S.D was used for continuous variables. To find the significant difference between two Independent groups Fischers exact test was used if any of the expected count was <5. Unpaired sample t-test (two tailed) was used for normal data and Mann-Whitney U test was used for skewed data. To find the significance in categorical data, Chi-Square test was used. Patient was considered progression if there was radiological evidence of >20% increase in the longest diameter of lesion (not including oedema). Overall Survival is the percentages of patients who survive from the end to FSRT to the last follow up. Progression Free Survival is the percentage of patients who neither progress nor die from the end of SRT to last follow up.
After a median follow-up time of 36 months (Range 12-78), Survival and follow up data was available for 27 patients. The overall survival was 85 %, Progression free survival was 78%. In Univariate analysis tumour volume was an independent prognostic factor. A volume of <30cm3 had a progression free survival was of 90% and >30 cm3 had a PFS of 42.8% (p 0.024). There were 3 cases of radiation toxicity (Tables 2 & 3) (Figure 1).
Achieving high therapeutic ratio in meningioma is always challenging, as majority of lesions are benign and achieving Gross total resection is difficult. Conventional radiotherapy has been advocated as an adjuvant to surgery. Treatment with Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy has better conformity and shorter treatment time compared to conventional radiotherapy. Encouraging results have been obtained by the multiple studies have studied the role of SRS and Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy in Meningioma [13-15]. But no clear consensus regarding the maximum volume for consideration of Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy has been obtained. This study suggests that any meningioma, either primary, postsurgery or recurrence can be treated by Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy if the volume is lesser than 30 cm3.
Kondziolka D et al.  analyzed 203 para- saggitalmeningioma's treated by gamma knife and concluded that the local control was 100%, if the volume was <7.5 cm3. Federico Colombo et al.  analyzed 199 benignmeningioma's treated using Cybeknife based SRS and HSRT. After a mean follow up of 30 months, the local control was 96.5%. Lee et al.  analyzed a series of 159 patients with cavernous sinus meningiomas treated with gamma knife radiosurgery showing local control of 96% if they were treated primarily by Gamma knife without previous surgery and local control was 93%. He also suggested that if the volume <15 cm3 this treatment is effective.
SRS and FSRT are effective and safe treatment modality for local control of meningioma with acceptable toxicity. Hypo fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (FSRT) can be considered and is effective when the volume of meningiomas is less than 30cm3 volume.