Exploring the Relationship of Radiation Dose Exposed to the Length of Esophagus and Weight Loss in Patients with Lung Cancer

Peijin Han, Russell Hales, Pranav Lakshminarayanan, Zhi Cheng, Christen Elledge, Alex Negron, Sarah Hazell, Chen Hu, Cole Friedes, Lori Anderson, Jeffrey Hoff, Kristen Marrone, Harry Quon, Todd McNutt, K. Ranh Voong

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Purpose: We investigate whether esophageal dose–length parameters (Ldose) can robustly predict significant weight loss—≥5% weight loss during radiation therapy (RT) compared with the weight before RT—in patients with lung cancer treated with definitive intent. Methods and Materials: Patients with lung cancer treated with conventionally fractionated RT between 2010 and 2018 were retrospectively identified. LFdose and LPdose, the length of full- and partial-circumferential esophagus receiving greater than a threshold dose in Gy, respectively, were created. Multivariate logistic regression examined the associations between individual Ldose and weight loss after adjusting for clinical parameters and correcting for multiple comparisons. Ridge logistic regression examined the relative importance of Ldose compared with dose–volume (Vdose), mean dose (Dmean), and clinical parameters in determining weight loss. Univariate logistic regression examined the unadjusted probability of weight loss for important Ldose parameters. Results: Among the 214 patients identified, median age was 66.9 years (range, 31.5-88.9 years), 50.5% (n = 108) were male, 68.2% (n = 146) had stage III lung cancer, median RT dose was 63 Gy (range, 60-66 Gy), and 88.3% (n = 189) received concurrent chemotherapy. Esophagus lengths receiving high full-circumferential (LF50-LF60) and high partial-circumferential doses (LP60) were associated with significant weight loss (P ≤ .05). LF65 and LP65 reached near significance (P = .06 and. 053, respectively). LF65 > LF60 > LP65 were the most important dose parameters in determining weight loss compared with other Ldose, Vdose, and Dmean parameters. Conclusions: Esophageal Ldose parameters are an efficient way of interpreting complex dose parameters in relation to weight loss toxicity among patients with lung cancer receiving definitive RT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalPractical Radiation Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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