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A comparison of stereotactic body radiation therapy for metastases to the sacral spine and treatment of the thoracolumbar spine
Roman O. Kowalchuk, Michael R. Waters, K. Martin Richardson, Kelly Spencer, James M. Larner, Jason P. Sheehan, William H. Mcallister and Charles R. Kersh

Background: This study compares the outcomes of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for sacral and thoracolumbar spine metastases.

Methods: This analysis considered each sacral spine SBRT treatment at a single institution and a cohort of consecutive thoracolumbar treatments.

Results: 28 patients with 35 sacral treatments and 41 patients with 49 thoracolumbar treatments were included. Local control was 63% and 90%, respectively. The sacral cohort contained more lesions with ≥2 vertebrae and epidural and paraspinal involvement. Sacral patients had larger treatment volumes, increased rates of subsequent SBRT, decreased propensity for pain improvement, and decreased local control (p=0.02 on Kaplan-Meier analysis). Multivariate analysis demonstrated that PTV > 50 cc and epidural involvement were correlated with decreased local control. No cases had grade ≥3 toxicity.

Conclusion: SBRT for sacral spine metastases is a distinct disease process than metastases to the thoracolumbar spine, resulting in lower rates of local control and pain improvement.

Keywords: Spine, SBRT, SABR, metastasis

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