Preserving health related quality of life (HRQOL) plays an important role in considering stereotactic body fractionated radiotherapy (SBRT). The prospective monocenter phase II STRIPE trial investigated long-term HRQOL after SBRT, efficacy and toxicity.
Patients with ≤2 pulmonary lesions ≤5 cm were treated with 4DPET/CT-based SBRT (3 × 12.5 Gy or risk-adapted 5 × 7 Gy, to 60% isodose). Follow up (FU) was performed 2 and 7 weeks after SBRT, then 3-monthly for 2 years with assessment of response (primary endpoint: 2-year cumulative incidence of local progression (LP); secondary endpoints: local progression free survival (LPFS), overall survival (OS) and toxicity (CTCAE)). Impact of predefined patient and treatment related factors on HRQOL (EORTC QLQ-C30 and EORTC QLQ-LC13) was evaluated.
Between 02/2011 and 11/2014, 100 patients were given SBRT for 56 NSCLC and 44 pulmonary metastases (M1). Long-term FU overall revealed stable Quality of Life (QoL)/Global health status (GHS), functions-scores and symptoms. For QoL/GHS, patients with low (These prospective data on representative pulmonary SBRT patients confirm stable preservation of HRQOL after SBRT and demonstrate a QoL/GHS-benefit for patients with low initial QoL/GHS-scores, the regimen of 3 × 12.5 Gy SBRT being efficient and well tolerated. This result may inform shared decision making when discussing SBRT for frail patients.

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