An International Consensus on the Design of Prospective Clinical-Translational Trials in Spatially Fractionated Radiation Therapy for Advanced Gynecologic Cancer CANCERS Amendola, B. E., Mahadevan, A., Suarez, J., Griffin, R. J., Wu, X., Perez, N. C., Hippe, D. S., Ii, C., Mohiuddin, M., Mohiuddin, M., Snider, J. W., Zhang, H., Quynh-Thu Le, Mayr, N. A. 2022; 14 (17)


Despite the unexpectedly high tumor responses and limited treatment-related toxicities observed with SFRT, prospective multi-institutional clinical trials of SFRT are still lacking. High variability of SFRT technologies and methods, unfamiliar complex dose and prescription concepts for heterogeneous dose and uncertainty regarding systemic therapies present major obstacles towards clinical trial development. To address these challenges, the consensus guideline reported here aimed at facilitating trial development and feasibility through a priori harmonization of treatment approach and the full range of clinical trial design parameters for SFRT trials in gynecologic cancer. Gynecologic cancers were evaluated for the status of SFRT pilot experience. A multi-disciplinary SFRT expert panel for gynecologic cancer was established to develop the consensus through formal panel review/discussions, appropriateness rank voting and public comment solicitation/review. The trial design parameters included eligibility/exclusions, endpoints, SFRT technology/technique, dose/dosimetric parameters, systemic therapies, patient evaluations, and embedded translational science. Cervical cancer was determined as the most suitable gynecologic tumor for an SFRT trial. Consensus emphasized standardization of SFRT dosimetry/physics parameters, biologic dose modeling, and specimen collection for translational/biological endpoints, which may be uniquely feasible in cervical cancer. Incorporation of brachytherapy into the SFRT regimen requires additional pre-trial pilot investigations. Specific consensus recommendations are presented and discussed.

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