- Open Access
Hair-sparing whole brain radiotherapy with volumetric arc therapy in patients treated for brain metastases: dosimetric and clinical results of a phase II trial
© De Puysseleyr et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Received: 15 April 2014
- Accepted: 18 July 2014
- Published: 29 July 2014
To report the dosimetric results and impact of volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) on temporary alopecia and hair-loss related quality of life (QOL) in whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT).
The potential of VMAT-WBRT to reduce the dose to the hair follicles was assessed. A human cadaver was treated with both VMAT-WBRT and conventional opposed field (OF) WBRT, while the subcutaneously absorbed dose was measured by radiochromic films and calculated by the planning system. The impact of these dose reductions on temporary alopecia was examined in a prospective phase II trial, with the mean score of hair loss at 1 month after VMAT-WBRT (EORTC-QOL BN20) as a primary endpoint and delivering a dose of 20 Gy in 5 fractions. An interim analysis was planned after including 10 patients to rule out futility, defined as a mean score of hair loss exceeding 56.7. A secondary endpoint was the global alopecia areata severity score measured with the “Severity of Alopecia Tool” (SALT) with a scale of 0 (no hair loss) to 100 (complete alopecia).
For VMAT-WBRT, the cadaver measurements demonstrated a dose reduction to the hair follicle volume of 20.5% on average and of 41.8% on the frontal-vertex-occipital medial axis as compared to OF-WBRT. In the phase II trial, a total of 10 patients were included before the trial was halted due to futility. The EORTC BN20 hair loss score following WBRT was 95 (SD 12.6). The average median dose to the hair follicle volume was 12.6 Gy (SD 0.9), corresponding to a 37% dose reduction compared to the prescribed dose. This resulted in a mean SALT-score of 75.
Compared to OF-WBRT, VMAT-WBRT substantially reduces hair follicle dose. These dose reductions could not be related to an improved QOL or SALT score.
- Brain Metastasis
- Hair Follicle
- Planning Target Volume
- Hair Loss
- Medial Axis
Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) increases survival in patients with brain metastases [1–3], but has also been shown to reduce Quality of Life (QOL) by increasing drowsiness, leg weakness and hair loss . Hair loss is typically observed in all patients undergoing WBRT  and was reported as one of the main factors reducing QOL scores when WBRT is used in the prophylactic setting in small cell lung cancer .
The standard WBRT technique applies 2 lateral opposed fields (OF-WBRT) with a margin around the brain including the hair follicles, which are located approximately 5 mm below the scalp . Irradiation-induced epilation is due to high susceptibility of anagen follicles to radiation . Complete hair regrowth generally occurs 2–4 months after irradiation , which often exceeds the life expectancy in poor prognostic patients. Therefore, significant gains in QOL might be obtained by developing a hair sparing WBRT technique. Recent technological improvements in patient positioning and radiotherapy treatment planning may allow us to treat the whole brain with reduced margins, allowing better sparing of the scalp [9–11]. Furthermore, the use of arc techniques may minimize the follicle dose, as the reduction of surface dose is then distributed over the length of the arc .
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of VMAT-WBRT on temporary alopecia and hair loss related QOL. The dose-effect relation of temporary alopecia is, however, poorly investigated and, to our knowledge, the available data remain limited to permanent alopecia [12, 13]. Furthermore, plan optimization and evaluation for the hair follicle volume is impeded by the known inaccuracies of the treatment planning system in calculating build-up doses . In order to overcome these issues, our study combines a dosimetric study and a prospective phase II trial for the treatment of patients with brain metastases, relating the measured and computed dose reductions to temporary alopecia and hair loss related QOL.
In order to quantify the potential of VMAT-WBRT to reduce the dose to the hair follicles and to evaluate the treatment planning system’s accuracy in predicting these values, a human Thiel-embalmed cadaver  implanted with 13 radiochromic films in the scalp was treated with both OF- and VMAT-WBRT (Ghent University Hospital Institutional Review Board reference EC UZG 2012/401).
During treatment, the cadaver was positioned on a personalized head support and immobilized with a thermoplastic mask (Marcomedics, Waddinxveen, The Netherlands). The positioning of the brain was corrected using cone beam CT, with co-registration based on the bony anatomy .
Radiochromic film dosimetry
Radiochromic films were digitized on an Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner (Seiko Epson Corporation, Suwa, Nagano, Japan) and analyzed using the net optical density (OD) in the red color channel . The mean doses and dose-volume-histograms were computed for the complete films, only excluding a narrow strip along the film’s edge and the small orientation markers on the film. All reported relative doses and dose differences are normalized to both plans’ prescription dose (per fraction) of 4 Gy.
The films were not present in the cadaver during planning CT imaging. Instead, the visibility of their positions was enhanced by replacing them with 2.2 × 2.2 × 0.02 cm3 aluminum plates. We observed no impaired image distortion for the applied CT settings. The films were exposed to the kV-irradiation of the CBCT cadaver during positioning procedures. The impact of these procedures on the films’ OD was assessed by exposing one set of films to the CBCT irradiation only. As the CBCT induced film response corresponded to only 0.56% of the prescription dose on average, the CBCT-related film darkening was neglected in further experiments.
Dose calculation accuracy
The dose calculation accuracy of the collapsed-cone convolution (CCC) algorithm implemented in Pinnacle was evaluated by comparing the measured and calculated data. To that purpose, the outline of the aluminum plates in the CT images served for contouring the location of the radiochromic films. The density within these contours was overridden with the density of the surrounding dermal tissue (1.07 g/cm3). As the calculation grid is generally considered a determinative parameter for dose calculation accuracy in the build-up region , the calculations were performed for both the clinically used 4 mm, as well as for a 1 mm calculation grid. Within these computations, the fluence density grid always equaled the calculation grid. The mean absorbed doses and dose-volume-histograms were then computed for all radiochromic film positions.
Phase II study
Patients and procedures
Eligible patients who presented at the department of radiation oncology of Ghent University Hospital were recruited for the study. Eligibility requirements were: age ≥18, brain metastases eligible for WBRT: recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) class I or II and > 3 brain metastases or RPA class III or meningitis carcinomatosa, and signed written informed consent. Patients were excluded if they received prior cranial radiotherapy, had pre-existing alopecia or were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or germ-cell tumor. The study was approved by the local Institutional Review Board (reference number: EC2011/504) and registered at clinicaltrials.gov: NCT01421316.
All patients received VMAT-WBRT for brain metastases detected with brain contrast-enhanced computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging within 1 month before enrolment. The delineation, treatment planning and delivery for the VMAT technique has been described above. The primary endpoint was the mean score of hair loss at 1 month after VMAT-WBRT scored with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Questionnaire Brain Cancer Module (EORTC-QLQ-BN20) . The EORTC-QLQ-BN20 is designed for use with patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and is composed of 20 questions assessing visual disorders, motor dysfunction, communication deficit, various disease symptoms (e.g., headaches and seizures), treatment toxicities (e.g., hair loss), and future uncertainty. This questionnaire was used as a supplement to the EORTC-QLQ-C15-PAL . The questions on both measures were scaled, scored and reported using the recommended EORTC procedures [24, 25]. As a secondary endpoint, the global alopecia areata severity score was used (combination of extent and density of scalp hair loss) . The total score is calculated by visually determining the amount of terminal hair loss in each of the four views of the scalp and adding these together with a maximum score of 100% corresponding with complete alopecia. This global severity score may be called the “Severity of Alopecia Tool” or SALT score. The four views of the scalp were photographed in standardized conditions before radiotherapy and 1 month after radiotherapy .
Sample size and statistical analysis
At 1 month following OF-WBRT, the mean score of hair loss (EORTC BN20) is 36.7 (out of 100, with a standard deviation of 17) compared to 11.7 in an untreated patient group . We hypothesize that with VMAT-WBRT, the mean score of hair loss will be 15 points lower compared to OF-WBRT . Differences of at least 10 points (on a 0 to 100 scale) are classified as the minimum clinically meaningful change in the mean value of a HRQOL parameter. Mean changes of more than 20 points were classed as large effects. To detect a significant result at the 5% level, with 80% power we would need to treat 21 patients in this single arm study. With an estimated dropout of 20%, due to the median prognosis of 2 months, we aimed to include 26 patients. Descriptive statistics were used to calculate means and standard deviations. The QOL and SALT score results are presented as mean scores and were compared between time points using the Wilcoxon signed rank test (p < 0.05 considered significant). An interim analysis was planned after including 10 patients to rule out futility, defined as a mean score of hair loss exceeding 56.7.
Calculated median doses (D50) for the hair follicle volume and its subvolumes for the VMAT- and OF- plan normalized to the prescription dose per fraction (4 Gy)
Hair follicle subvolume
1 mm grid (%)
4 mm grid (%)
1 mm grid (%)
4 mm grid (%)
mean measured and calculated doses for all films implanted subcutaneously in the cadaver, normalized to the prescription dose per fraction (4 Gy)
Hair follicle subvolume
Measured dose (%)
Calculated dose 1 mm grid (%)
Calculated dose 4 mm grid (%)
Calculated dose1 mm grid (%)
Calculated dose 4 mm grid (%)
The calculation accuracy of the mean dose of the film was found to be similar for both techniques, except for the films on the frontal-vertex-occipital medial axis. For the clinically used 4 mm calculation grid, the mean dose discrepancy between measurements and calculations equaled 6.9% and 6.4% for the OF- and VMAT-plan respectively. In the OF-plan, however, the use of this 4 mm grid resulted in remarkable accuracy degradation on the frontal-vertex-occipital medial axis. The high dose in this region was then underestimated by 16.22% on average and 22.9% at maximum. In the corresponding lower dose region in the VMAT-plan, this tendency was much less pronounced, demonstrating a mean dose discrepancy of 8.2% only. The use of a 1 mm calculation grid size resolved this issue. The average dose discrepancy then amounted to 4.3% and 4.1% for the VMAT- and OF- plan respectively with a maximum discrepancy of 3.2% on the frontal-vertex-occipital medial axis.
Phase II trial
A total of 10 patients were included between 26/10/11 and 25/05/2012 before the trial was halted due to futility at time of the interim analysis. We treated 6 male and 4 female patients; with a median age of 63 years (range 45–72). The primary tumour site was lung (n = 5), pancreas (n = 2), breast, prostate and colon. All patients were RPA class I (n = 5) or II (n = 5). The median number of metastases treated was 4 (range: 1–7).
Patient planning results of the phase II trial for the different hair follicle subvolumes for 5 fractions (prescription dose 20 Gy)
Hair follicle subvolume
Mean SALT score
Mean D50 ± SD (Gy)
% of prescribed dose
Mean V5 ± SD (%)
Mean V10 ± SD (%)
Mean V15 ± SD (%)
Mean V20 ± SD (%)
75 ± 13
12.6 ± 0.9
92.2 ± 4.2
66.8 ± 6.4
31.1 ± 9.3
0.4 ± 0.8
96 ± 0.05
15.7 ± 0.8
86.1 ± 1.5
79.8 ± 8.5
51.6 ± 8.5
0 ± 0
96 ± 0.05
16.0 ± 0.9
85.6 ± 2.3
78.9 ± 4.5
50.5 ± 7.1
0 ± 0
60 ± 18.7
10.5 ± 1.3
77.9 ± 6.8
45.0 ± 10.6
12.8 ± 9.2
0 ± 0
65 ± 18.3
11.3 ± 2.7
76.6 ± 11.3
49.9 ± 18.4
21.8 ± 16.8
0.6 ± 2
In literature, the interpretation of data on intensity modulated techniques in hair-sparing WBRT [10, 11] has been impeded by the lack of knowledge on the dose-effect relation of temporary alopecia. Additionally, plan optimization and evaluation in the hair follicle region is limited by known inaccuracies of the TPS in calculating build-up doses . As a consequence, the available dosimetric studies by Roberge et al.  and Mancini et al.  do not allow to predict these techniques’ impact on temporary alopecia. This investigation is, to our knowledge, the first study to overcome these issues by quantitatively relating dose measurements and planning data to clinical results on temporary alopecia in WBRT.
In this respect, our dose measurements demonstrated the potential of VMAT-WBRT to reduce the subcutaneously absorbed dose by 20.5%. Roberge et al., for comparison, measured a dose reduction of 53% at 1 mm depth with TLD’s and calculated a dose reduction of 38% within the first 5 mm of the skin when comparing IMRT to OF-WBRT . Note, however, that our study reports the subcutaneously absorbed dose, serving as an upper limit for hair follicle dose, rather than the dose measured at the surface by Roberge et al.. Consequently, as the sparing of any organ at risk depends on its distance to the target volume, the sparing of the more superficially positioned hair follicles will most likely exceed rather than be smaller than our reported values . Interestingly, the lowest doses in VMAT-WBRT were found on the top of the scalp, where high doses typically occur in OF-WBRT. These high OF-doses might be attributed to the extremely oblique and overlapping incidence of opposed beams, thus boosting surface dose and degrading the modeling accuracy of the TPS. The use of arc techniques obviously mitigates this effect by spreading it out across the scalp. Combined with the concomitant lack of exit dose in this region compared to the remainder of the scalp, this effect results in a low dose region in the VMAT-plan. A more optimized OF-WBRT could probably improve the doses to the hair follicle region, when using portals shaped around the PTV, the use of compensation and higher energy photons.
Most importantly, our phase II trial provided valuable insight into the impact of these dose reductions on the risk of temporary alopecia. As for the human cadaver, the patients’ doses in the hair follicle left and hair right subvolumes were predicted to be around 15–17 Gy for 5 fractions respectively and were related to 96% hair loss. However, as for the cadaver, the TPS equally predicted a low dose region of 10.5-11.3 Gy on the frontal-vertex-occipital medial axis (top and back subvolumes), resulting in 60 to 65% hair loss. Based on these data, we hypothesize that the threshold TPS dose for temporary alopecia is around or slightly lower than 10 Gy in 5 fractions, as some but not all of the patients retained their hair in this region. In contrast, in the abstract of Ting et al. a mean calculated scalp dose of 18.5 Gy (within the first 3 mm of tissue underlying the skin) delivered in 10–15 fractions in IMRT-WBRT was related to subjectively reduced hair loss in all patients. Half of the patients demonstrated no noticeable hair loss, while the other half experienced subjectively mild hair loss. However, they neither quantitatively scored hair-loss nor assessed QOL, making it difficult to compare results.
Although some patients retained their hair on the top and back of the head, this was not related to an improved QOL. Following a pre-planned interim analysis, the rules for futility were met, with a mean score of hair loss exceeding 56.7 on the EORTC BN20 (mean score of 95). The score of hair loss in our study was higher than in the literature, where in general scores between 30 and 40 are reported [4, 6, 26, 27]. In the study of Steinman et al. and Slotman et al., 42% and 22% of patients showed an increase in hair loss scores exceeding 20 points, respectively, compared to all patients in our study. In a recent study of VMAT-WBRT with simultaneous integrated boost for brain metastases, the mean score of hair loss was 23.8 , which is lower compared to literature of OF-WBRT and in range of our primary objective to lower the score to 21.7. We hypothesize that the worse score in the current study compared to literature is due to the patients’ knowledge of the primary goal of VMAT-WBRT to reduce hair loss. This discordance is reflected in Figure 4, showing a lateral view of a patient scoring 100 on the EORTC hair loss scale although hair loss was only 55% according to the SALT score.
Further improvements to reduce alopecia might require the combination of a reduced dose to the hair follicles in combination with radioprotectors designed to reduce the damage to the normal tissues caused by radiation, such as nitroxides, antioxidants . As an alternative, the dose to the uninvolved brain might be decreased to reduce toxicity. This approach is currently tested with hippocampal sparing to avoid memory loss . However, a dose reduction to the peripheral zone of the brain to avoid alopecia should be approached carefully as most brain metastases are located in the outer cortex of the brain .
Compared to OF-WBRT, VMAT-WBRT substantially reduces hair follicle dose, especially on the frontal-vertex-occipital medial axis. Our phase II trial was halted due to futility with a EORTC BN20 hair loss score of 95 (SD 12.6) and a mean SALT score of 75.
We gratefully thank Akos Gulyban for creating the script for automatic delineation of the hair follicle volume. We thank Bruno De Potter for assistance in treatment planning. Annemieke De Puysseleyr is a fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Joris Van De Velde is supported by a scientific grant (365P8913W) from the Foundation against Cancer. Piet Ost is a Senior Clinical Investigator of the Research Foundation - Flanders (Belgium) (FWO).
- Ruderman NB, Hall TC: Use of glucocorticoids in the palliative treatment of metastatic brain tumors. Cancer 1965, 18: 298-306. 10.1002/1097-0142(196503)18:3<298::AID-CNCR2820180306>3.0.CO;2-HView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gaspar L, Scott C, Rotman M, Asbell S, Phillips T, Wasserman T, McKenna WG, Byhardt R: Recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) of prognostic factors in three Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) brain metastases trials. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 1997, 37: 745-751. 10.1016/S0360-3016(96)00619-0View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Horton J, Baxter DH, Olson KB: The management of metastases to the brain by irradiation and corticosteroids. Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther Nucl Med 1971, 111: 334-336. 10.2214/ajr.111.2.334View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Steinmann D, Schafer C, van Oorschot B, Wypior HJ, Bruns F, Bolling T, Sehlen S, Hagg J, Bayerl A, Geinitz H, Hipp M, Vordermark D: Effects of radiotherapy for brain metastases on quality of life (QoL). Prospective pilot study of the DEGRO QoL working party. Strahlenther Onkol 2009, 185: 190-197. 10.1007/s00066-009-1904-0View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gerrard GE, Prestwich RJ, Edwards A, Russon LJ, Richards F, Johnston CF, Kwok-Williams MC: Investigating the palliative efficacy of whole-brain radiotherapy for patients with multiple-brain metastases and poor prognostic features. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 2003, 15: 422-428. 10.1016/S0936-6555(03)00148-1View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Slotman BJ, Mauer ME, Bottomley A, Faivre-Finn C, Kramer GW, Rankin EM, Snee M, Hatton M, Postmus PE, Collette L, Senan S: Prophylactic cranial irradiation in extensive disease small-cell lung cancer: short-term health-related quality of life and patient reported symptoms: results of an international phase III randomized controlled trial by the EORTC radiation oncology and lung cancer groups. J Clin Oncol 2009, 27: 78-84. 10.1200/JCO.2009.22.2208PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- de Viragh PA, Meuli M: Human scalp hair follicle development from birth to adulthood: statistical study with special regard to putative stem cells in the bulge and proliferating cells in the matrix. Arch Dermatol Res 1995, 287: 279-284. 10.1007/BF01105079View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wen CS, Lin SM, Chen Y, Chen JC, Wang YH, Tseng SH: Radiation-induced temporary alopecia after embolization of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2003, 105: 215-217. 10.1016/S0303-8467(03)00007-6View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ting J, Thomas CR, McClure JA, Scarbrough TJ: “Alopecia-less” whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) via IMRT: preliminary experience and outcomes. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2005, 63: S263-S264.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Mancini BR, Kim LH, Shaitelman SF, Yan D, Kestin LL, Grills IS: Intensity modulated or volumetric modulated radiation therapy (IMRT or VMAT) to reduce alopecia, xerostomia, and otitis after whole brain radiation therapy for brain metastases: a planning analysis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010, 78: S840.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Roberge D, Parker W, Niazi TM, Olivares M: Treating the contents and not the container: dosimetric study of hair-sparing whole brain intensity modulated radiation therapy. Technol Cancer Res Treat 2005, 4: 567-570.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Lawenda BD, Gagne HM, Gierga DP, Niemierko A, Wong WM, Tarbell NJ, Chen GT, Hochberg FH, Loeffler JS: Permanent alopecia after cranial irradiation: dose–response relationship. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2004, 60: 879-887. 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2004.04.031View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Severs GA, Griffin T, Werner-Wasik M: Cicatricial alopecia secondary to radiation therapy: case report and review of the literature. Cutis 2008, 81: 147-153.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hsu SH, Moran JM, Chen Y, Kulasekere R, Roberson PL: Dose discrepancies in the buildup region and their impact on dose calculations for IMRT fields. Med Phys 2010, 37: 2043-2053. 10.1118/1.3377769PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Thiel W: The preservation of complete cadavers without loss of natural color. Ann Anat 1992, 174: 185-195. 10.1016/S0940-9602(11)80346-8View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Olsen EA, Hordinsky MK, Price VH, Roberts JL, Shapiro J, Canfield D, Duvic M, King LE Jr, McMichael AJ, Randall VA, Turner ML, Sperling L, Whiting DA, Norris D, National Alopecia Areata Foundation: Alopecia areata investigational assessment guidelines–part II. National Alopecia Areata Foundation. J Am Acad Dermatol 2004, 51: 440-447. 10.1016/j.jaad.2003.09.032View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bethesda MD: ICRU Report 62. Prescribing, Recording, and Reporting Photon Beam Therapy (Supplement to ICRU Report 50). In Book ICRU Report 62. Prescribing, Recording, and Reporting Photon Beam Therapy (Supplement to ICRU Report 50). Edited by: Editor ed.^eds. City: International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements; 1999.Google Scholar
- Sherouse G: A portable 3D radiotherapy treatment design system. Med Phys 1989, 16: 466.Google Scholar
- Ost P, Speleers B, De Meerleer G, De Neve W, Fonteyne V, Villeirs G, De Gersem W: Volumetric arc therapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy for primary prostate radiotherapy with simultaneous integrated boost to intraprostatic lesion with 6 and 18 MV: a planning comparison study. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2011, 79: 920-926. 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.04.025View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guckenberger M, Baier K, Guenther I, Richter A, Wilbert J, Sauer O, Vordermark D, Flentje M: Reliability of the bony anatomy in image-guided stereotactic radiotherapy of brain metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2007, 69: 294-301. 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2007.05.030View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- De Puysseleyr A, Srivastava RP, Paelinck L, De Neve W, De Wagter C: Evaluation of a glassless photographic film scanner for high-gradient radiochromic film dosimetry. Phys Med Biol 2012, 57: 127-142. 10.1088/0031-9155/57/1/127View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Osoba D, Aaronson NK, Muller M, Sneeuw K, Hsu MA, Yung WK, Brada M, Newlands E: The development and psychometric validation of a brain cancer quality-of-life questionnaire for use in combination with general cancer-specific questionnaires. Qual Life Res 1996, 5: 139-150. 10.1007/BF00435979View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Groenvold M, Petersen MA, Aaronson NK, Arraras JI, Blazeby JM, Bottomley A, Fayers PM, de Graeff A, Hammerlid E, Kaasa S, Sprangers MA, Bjorner JB, EORTC Quality of Life Group: The development of the EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL: a shortened questionnaire for cancer patients in palliative care. Eur J Cancer 2006, 42: 55-64. 10.1016/j.ejca.2005.06.022View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Aaronson NK, Ahmedzai S, Bergman B, Bullinger M, Cull A, Duez N, Filiberti A, Flechtner H, Fleishman SB, de Haes JCJM: The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30: a quality-of-life instrument for use in international clinical trials in oncology. J Natl Cancer Inst 1993, 85: 365-376. 10.1093/jnci/85.5.365View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bottomley A, Flechtner H, Efficace F, Vanvoorden V, Coens C, Therasse P, Velikova G, Blazeby J, Greimel E, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) data Center and Quality of Life Group: Health related quality of life outcomes in cancer clinical trials. Eur J Cancer 2005, 41: 1697-1709. 10.1016/j.ejca.2005.05.007View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Steinmann D, Paelecke-Habermann Y, Geinitz H, Aschoff R, Bayerl A, Bolling T, Bosch E, Bruns F, Eichenseder-Seiss U, Gerstein J, Gharbi N, Hagg J, Hipp M, Kleff I, Müller A, Schleicher U, Sehlen S, Theodorou M, Wypior HJ, Zehentmayr F, van Oorschot B, Vordermark D: Prospective evaluation of quality of life effects in patients undergoing palliative radiotherapy for brain metastases. BMC Cancer 2012, 12: 283. 10.1186/1471-2407-12-283PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Caissie A, Nguyen J, Chen E, Zhang LY, Sahgal A, Clemons M, Kerba M, Arnalot PF, Danjoux C, Tsao M, Barnes E, Holden L, Danielson B, Chow E: Quality of life in patients with brain metastases using the EORTC QLQ-BN20 + 2 and QLQ-C15-PAL. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2012, 83: 1238-1245. 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2011.09.025View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Weber DC, Caparrotti F, Laouiti M, Malek K: Simultaneous in-field boost for patients with 1 to 4 brain metastasis/es treated with volumetric modulated arc therapy: a prospective study on quality-of-life. Radiat Oncol 2011, 6: 79. 10.1186/1748-717X-6-79PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Citrin D, Cotrim AP, Hyodo F, Baum BJ, Krishna MC, Mitchell JB: Radioprotectors and mitigators of radiation-induced normal tissue injury. Oncologist 2010, 15: 360-371. 10.1634/theoncologist.2009-S104PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gondi V, Tome WA, Marsh J, Struck A, Ghia A, Turian JV, Bentzen SM, Kuo JS, Khuntia D, Mehta MP: Estimated risk of perihippocampal disease progression after hippocampal avoidance during whole-brain radiotherapy: safety profile for RTOG 0933. Radiother Oncol 2010, 95: 327-331. 10.1016/j.radonc.2010.02.030PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.