BACKGROUND: Higher isodose lines (IDLs) in Gamma Knife (GK) Perfexion treatment of brain metastases (BMet) could result in lower local control (LC) or higher radiation necrosis (RN) rates, but reduce treatment time.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of the heterogeneity index (HI) and conformality index (CFI) ion local failure (LF) for patients treated with GK for 1 to 3 BMet.
METHODS: From an institutional review board—approved database, 320 patients with 496 BMet were identified, treated for 1 to 3 BMet from July 2007 to April 2011 on GK Perfexion. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to analyze significance of HI, CFI, IDL, dose, tumor diameter, recursive partitioning analysis class, tumor radioresistance, primary, smoking history, metastasis location, and whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) history with LF and RN.
RESULTS: Median follow-up by lesion was 6.8 months (range, 0-49.6). The series median survival was 14.2 months. Per RECIST, 9.5% of lesions failed, 33.9% were stable, 38.3% partially responded, 17.1% responded completely, and 1.2% could not be assessed. The 12-month LC rate was 87.3%. On univariate analysis, a dose less than 20 Gy (hazard ratio [HR]: 2.940, P < .001); tumor size (HR: 1.674, P < .001); and cerebellum/brainstem location vs other (HR: 1.891, P = .043) were significant for LF. Non-small cell lung cancer (HR: 0.333, P = .0097) was associated with better LC. On multivariate analysis, tumor size (HR: 1.696, P < .001) and cerebellum/brainstem location vs other (HR: 1.959, P = .033) remained significant for LF. Variables not significant for LF included CI, IDL, and HI.
CONCLUSION: Our study of patients with 1 to 3 BMet treated with GK demonstrated no difference in LC or RN with varying HI, indicating that physicians can treat to IDL at 70% or higher IDL to reduce treatment time without increased LF or RN.
ABBREVIATIONS: BMet, brain metastases
CFI, conformality index
CI, confidence interval
CR, complete response
GK, Gamma Knife
HI, heterogeneity index
HR, hazard ratio
IDL, isodose line
LC, local control
LF, local failure
MVA, multivariate analysis
NSCLC, non-small cell lung cancer
PR, partial response
RECIST, Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors
RN, radiation necrosis
RTOG, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
SD, stable disease
SRS, stereotactic radiosurgery
UVA, univariate analysis