Volumetric modulated arc therapy for treatment of solid tumors: Current insights

Gabriella Macchia, Francesco Deodato, Savino Cilla, Silvia Cammelli, Alessandra Guido, Martina Ferioli, Giambattista Siepe, Vincenzo Valentini, Alessio Giuseppe Morganti, Maria Gabriella Ferrandina

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This article discusses the current use of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) techniques in clinical practice and reviews the available data from clinical outcome studies in different clinical settings. An overview of available literature about clinical outcomes with VMAT stereotactic/radiosurgical treatment is also reported. Materials and methods: All published manuscripts reporting the use of VMAT in a clinical setting from 2009 to November 2016 were identified. The search was carried out in December 2016 using the National Library of Medicine (PubMed/Medline). The following words were searched: â volumetric arc therapyâ [All Fields] OR â vmatâ [All Fields] OR â rapidarcâ [All Fields], AND â radiotherapyâ [All Fields] AND â Clinical Trialâ [All Fields]. Results: Overall, 37 studies (21 prospective and 16 retrospective) fulfilling inclusion criteria and thus included in the review evaluated 2,029 patients treated with VMAT; of these patients, ~30.8% had genitourinary (GU) tumors (81% prostate, 19% endometrial), 26.2% head-and-neck cancer (H&NC), 13.9% oligometastases, 11.2% had anorectal cancer, 10.6% thoracic neoplasms (81% breast, 19% lung), and 7.0% brain metastases (BMs). Six different clinical scenarios for VMAT use were identified: 1) BMs, 2) H&NC, 3) thoracic neoplasms, 4) GU cancer, 5) anorectal tumor, and 6) stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) performed by VMAT technique in the oligometastatic patient setting. Conclusion: The literature addressing the clinical appropriateness of VMAT is scarce. Current literature suggests that VMAT, especially when used as simultaneous integrated boost or SBRT strategy, is an effective safe modality for all cancer types.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)3755-3772
Numero di pagine18
RivistaOncoTargets and Therapy
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Clinical trial
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Radiosurgery
  • RapidArc
  • Review
  • Simultaneous integrated boost
  • Stereotactic
  • VMAT


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