Clinical neurological outcome and quality of life among patients with limited small-cell cancer treated with two different doses of prophylactic cranial irradiation in the intergroup phase III trial (PCI99-01, EORTC 22003-08004, RTOG 0212 and IFCT 99-01)
SourceAnnals of Oncology, 22, 5, (2011), pp. 1154-1163
Article / Letter to editor
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Annals of Oncology
SubjectONCOL 4: Quality of Care
BACKGROUND: We recently published the results of the PCI99 randomised trial comparing the effect of a prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) at 25 or 36 Gy on the incidence of brain metastases (BM) in 720 patients with limited small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). As concerns about neurotoxicity were a major issue surrounding PCI, we report here midterm and long-term repeated evaluation of neurocognitive functions and quality of life (QoL). PATIENTS AND METHODS: At predetermined intervals, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 and brain module were used for self-reported patient data, whereas the EORTC-Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Late Effects Normal Tissue-Subjective, Objective, Management, Analytic scale was used for clinicians' assessment. For each scale, the unfavourable status was analysed with a logistic model including age, grade at baseline, time and PCI dose. RESULTS: Over the 3 years studied, there was no significant difference between the two groups in any of the 17 selected items assessing QoL and neurological and cognitive functions. We observed in both groups a mild deterioration across time of communication deficit, weakness of legs, intellectual deficit and memory (all P < 0.005). CONCLUSION: Patients should be informed of these potential adverse effects, as well as the benefit of PCI on survival and BM. PCI with a total dose of 25 Gy remains the standard of care in limited-stage SCLC.
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