Treatment outcomes of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in modern era after intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in Hong Kong: A report of 3328 patients (HKNPCSG 1301 study)
Publication in refereed journal

Times Cited
Altmetrics Information

Other information
To evaluate treatment outcomes, failure patterns and late toxicities in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated by intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in 6 public hospitals in Hong Kong over a 10-year period from 2001 to 2010.

Material and methods
Eligible patients were identified through the Hong Kong Cancer Registry data base. Clinical information was retrieved and verified by oncologists working in the individual centers. Treatment details, survival outcomes and late toxicities were analyzed.

A total of 3328 patients were recruited. The median follow-up time was 80.2 months. The 8-year actuarial overall survival (OS), local failure-free survival (LFFS), regional failure-free survival (RFFS), distant failure free survival (DFFS), progression-free survival (PFS) for the whole group was 68.5%, 85.8%, 91.5%, 81.5% and 62.6% respectively. Male gender, older age, advanced T and N stage were adverse prognostic factors for OS, DFFS and PFS, whereas use of chemotherapy in form of concurrent chemo-irradiation (CRT), neoadjuvant + CRT, or CRT + adjuvant chemotherapy were favorable prognostic factors for OS and PFS. The local control was adversely affected by advanced T stage. N stage remained as the single adverse prognostic factor for regional control. Distant metastasis was the commonest site of failure.

IMRT is an effective treatment for NPC with excellent overall loco-regional control. Distant metastasis is the major site of failure. Concurrent chemotherapy with cisplatin has an established role in NPC patients treated by IMRT.
All Author(s) ListAu KH, Ngan RKC, Ng AWY, Poon DMC, Ng WT, Yuen KT, Lee VHF, Tung SY, Chan ATC, Sze HCK, Cheng ACK, Lee AWM, Kwong DLW, Tam AHP
Volume Number77
Pages16 - 21
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsNasopharyngeal carcinoma, IMRT, Treatment outcomes
Web of Science Subject CategoriesOncology;Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine;Oncology;Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine

Last updated on 2020-24-11 at 01:49