Combined Photon and Electron Three-Dimensional Conformal Versus Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy with Integrated Boost for Adjuvant Treatment of MPM
The most effective manner of delivering post-operative radiotherapy to patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) who received an extrapleural pleuropneumonectomy was the subject of a recent study at the Zurich University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. The study compared the efficacy of three-dimensional (3D) conformal RT (3D-CRT) with intensity-modulated RT (IMRT) with 6-MV photons, using a sample size of 17 patients. 8 were treated with 3D-CRT and nine were treated with IMRT. The study concluded that both modalities were effective as adjuvant radiotherapy for a patient who received an extrapleural pleuropneumonectomy.