Publications by authors named "Judith Mott"

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Feasibility of PET-CT based hypofractionated accelerated dose escalation in oropharyngeal cancers: Final dosimetric results of the VORTIGERN study. (Secondary endpoint of UK NCRI portfolio: MREC No: 08/H0907/127, UKCRN ID 7341).

J Cancer Res Ther 2015 Apr-Jun;11(2):391-6

Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, India.

Objective: Technological advances have enabled clinicians to explore dose escalation strategies in various tumor sites. Intermediate and high risk oropharyngeal cancers have poor 5 year outcomes. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and dosimetric safety of 9% dose escalation in these tumors and compare the dose received by organs at risk (OAR) in escalated plans (67.2 Gy/28 fractions) versus (65 Gy/30 fractions) standard dose plans.

Materials And Methods: FDG-PET fused datasets were used to delineate gross, clinical and planning target volumes. Standard dose plans were created using two non IMRT techniques (conventional and field in field plans) whilst the patient was treated using a helical tomotherapy plan. A fourth dose escalation plan was obtained allowing comparison between the 20 plans of oropharyngeal cancer patients.

Results: It was feasible to escalate dose to the FDG-PET avid tumor within the set constraints to that of planning target volume and OAR. Comparison of the escalated dose to that of standard plans showed a statistically significant (P < 0.05) sparing of the mastication apparatus (MA) with escalated plans. Dose to the other critical and functional organs were comparable between the four plans.

Conclusion: Hypofractionated, slightly accelerated dose escalation in oropharyngeal cancers is likely to be safe and the chance of trismus is not any higher than when standard dose radiotherapy is used. Active measures to reduce dose to the MA achieves acceptable dose volume parameters even at escalated doses.
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March 2016

Prediction of the benefits from dose-escalated hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2003 May;56(1):199-207

North Western Medical Physics, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, England, Manchester, UK.

Purpose: To estimate the benefits of dose escalation in hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer, using radiobiologic modeling and incorporating positional uncertainties of organs.

Materials And Methods: Biologically based mathematical models for describing the relationships between tumor control probability (TCP) and normal-tissue complication probability (NTCP) vs. dose were used to describe some of the results available in the literature. The values of the model parameters were then used together with the value of 1.5 Gy for the prostate cancer alpha/beta ratio to predict the responses in a hypofractionated 3 Gy/fraction IMRT trial at the Christie Hospital, taking into account patient movement characteristics between dose fractions.

Results: Compared with the current three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy technique (total dose of 50 Gy to the planning target volume in 16 fractions), the use of IMRT to escalate the dose to the prostate was predicted to increase the TCP by 5%, 16%, and 22% for the three dose levels, respectively, of 54, 57, and 60 Gy delivered using 3 Gy per fraction while keeping the late rectal complications (>/=Grade 2 RTOG scale) at about the same level of 5%. Further increases in TCP could be achieved by reducing the uncertainty in daily target position, especially for the last stage of the trial, where up to 6% further increase in TCP should be gained.

Conclusions: Dose escalation to the prostate using IMRT to deliver daily doses of 3 Gy was predicted to significantly increase tumor control without increasing late rectal complications, and currently this prediction is being tested in a clinical trial.
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May 2003