Grading of MRI-detected skull-base invasion in nasopharyngeal carcinoma with skull-base invasion after intensity-modulated radiotherapy

Feng, YR; Cao, CN; Hu, QY; Chen, XZ

Chen, XZ (reprint author), Zhejiang Canc Hosp, Dept Radiat Oncol, Hangzhou 310022, Zhejiang, Peoples R China.

RADIATION ONCOLOGY, 2019; 14 ():

Abstract

BackgroundThe aim of this study is to evaluate the prognostic value of grading MRI-detected skull-base invasion in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) with skull-base invasion after intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT).MethodsThis study is a retrospective chart review of 469 non-metastatic NPC patients with skull-base invasion. Patients were classified as extensive skull-base invasion (ESBI) group and limited skull-base invasion (LSBI) group.ResultsMultivariate analysis showed that the skull-base invasion (LSBI vs. ESBI) was an independent prognostic predictor of progression free survival (PFS). The estimated 5-year local failure free survival (LFFS), distant metastasis free survival (DMFS), PFS, and overall survival (OS) rates for patients in the T3-LSBI and T3-ESBI group were 92.9% versus 93.5, 89.8% versus 86.1, 81.6% versus 76.4, and 93.5% versus 86.3%, respectively (P>0.05).ConclusionGrading of MRI-detected skull-base invasion is an independent prognostic factor of NPC with skull-base invasion. It is scientific and reasonable for skull-base invasion as a single entity to be classified as T3 classification.

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