A Phase 2 Study of Post-Operative Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Solid Tumor Spine Metastases

Kristin J. Redmond, Daniel Sciubba, Majid Khan, Chengcheng Gui, Sheng fu Larry Lo, Ziya L Gokaslan, Brianne Leaf, Lawrence Kleinberg, Jimm Grimm, Xiaobu Ye, Michael Lim

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Purpose: In patients with spinal instability, cord compression, or neurologic deficits, the standard of care is surgery followed by radiation therapy (RT). Recurrence rates after conventional RT remain high. The purpose of this study is to prospectively examine the efficacy of postoperative stereotactic body RT (SBRT) in patients who have undergone surgical intervention for spine metastases. We hypothesize that postoperative SBRT to the spine would be associated with higher local control than historical rates after conventional RT. Methods and Materials: Thirty-five adult patients with a Karnofsky Performance Status score ≥40 and spine metastases from solid tumors with no prior overlapping RT and target volumes ≤3 consecutive vertebral levels were enrolled. Thirty-three patients were treated. Two patients underwent treatment to 2 target volumes for a total of 35 target volumes. All patients received SBRT 30 Gy in 5 fractions. Patients were followed with neurological examinations and computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging every 3 months. Neurologic function was assessed at the same time points using the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) impairment score. Pain was rated according to the 10-point visual analogue scale and MD Anderson Cancer Center brief pain index. Toxicity was recorded according to National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria for Adverse Events Version 4. The primary objective was the rate of radiographic local recurrence at 12 months after completion of SBRT. Results: Patient characteristics were as follows: 34.3% had radioresistant primaries; 71.4% were ASIA E and the remainder ASIA D; and the median baseline Karnofsky Performance Status score was 70 (range, 50-100). Radiographic and symptomatic local control at 1 year were 90% (95% confidence interval, 76%-98%). The median time to recurrence in these 3 patients was 3.5 months (range, 3.4-5.8 months), all had radiosensitive tumors, and all recurrences were epidural. No patients experienced wound dehiscence, hardware failure, or spinal cord myelopathy. The median time to return to systemic therapy was 0.5 months (range, 0-9.4 months). Conclusions: This prospective study of postoperative spine SBRT demonstrates excellent local control with low toxicity. These data suggest superior rates of local control compared with conventional RT; however, a formal comparative study is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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