|Title||The Relationship Between Tumor Volume and Timing of Post-resection Stereotactic Radiosurgery to Maximize Local Control: A Critical Review.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Yuan M, Behrami E, Pannullo S, Schwartz TH, A Wernicke G|
|Date Published||2019 Sep 25|
After maximally safe neurosurgical resection of brain metastases, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is now recommended as an alternative to whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT), which has been associated with cognitive decline. One complicating factor associated with SRS is that postoperative cavity dynamics can change dramatically, creating significant variability in the recommended timing of SRS. While SRS has been shown to improve local control (LC) in smaller tumor cavities, achieving excellent LC rates still remains a challenge in larger ones. Furthermore, factors predicting the optimal timing of SRS in relation to the cavity size need to be defined and implemented. Variables such as the delay between postoperative MRI and treatment are critical but poorly understood. One potential treatment option that may improve outcomes is brachytherapy, but the widespread implementation of this technique has been slow. This critical review analyzes the relationship between preoperative tumor volume, resection cavity size, and timing of SRS and explores how these variables must be understood in order to achieve the highest LC possible.
|PubMed Central ID||PMC6825444|