Monitoring deep inspiration breath hold for left-sided localized breast cancer radiotherapy with an in-house developed laser distance meter system
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Original versionJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. 2017, 18 (5), 117-123. 10.1002/acm2.12137
Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) in left‐sided breast cancer radiotherapy is a technique to reduce cardiac and pulmonary doses while maintaining target coverage. This study aims at evaluating an in‐house developed DIBH system. Free‐breathing (FB) and DIBH plans were generated for 22 left‐sided localized breast cancer patients who had radiation therapy (RT) after breast‐conserving surgery. All patients were treated utilizing an in‐house laser distance measuring system. 50 Gy was prescribed, and parameters of interest were target coverage, left anterior descending coronary artery, (LAD) and heart doses. Portal images were acquired and the reproducibility and stability of DIBH treatment were compared to FB. The comparing result shows there is a significant reduction in all LAD and heart dose statistics for DIBH compared to FB plans without compromising the target coverage. The maximum LAD dose was reduced from 43.7 Gy to 29.0 Gy and the volume of the heart receiving >25 Gy was reduced from 3.3% to 1.0% using the in‐house system, both statistically significant. The in‐house system gave a reproducible and stable DIBH treatment where the systematic error ∑, and random error σ, were less than 2.2 mm in all directions, but were not significantly better than at FB. The system was well tolerated and all patients completed their treatment sessions with DIBH.