Similar findings were reported by researchers conducting a multi-institutional phase II clinical trial sponsored by the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) for patients with uterine cervix or vaginal cancer. Using a KBP model, researchers reported that RapidPlan greatly improved plan quality assurance for IMRT pre-treatment plans.2
The use of RapidPlan is expanding to other areas, including motion management for treating lung cancer during stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Ronald Lalonde, M. Saiful Huq, and Dwight Heron from UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, concluded that RapidPlan was able to accurately predict the achievable doses in treatment plans, and predict patients in whom RTOG dose guidelines would be exceeded without the use of motion management. They found that RapidPlan could be a useful tool for identifying patients who might benefit most from motion management during SBRT treatment."3
"Since RapidPlan's launch in 2014, scientific data show that Varian has delivered on its promise to improve knowledge-based planning. We've developed a software tool that creates consistent, efficient, high-quality plans across disease sites and treatment methods," said Corey Zankowski, chief technology information officer. "We look forward to continuing to advance treatment planning and to enhancing access to quality cancer treatment around the world."
Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: The Kathryn Masi et al. and Ronald Lalonde et al. presentations were based on work supported by Varian Medical Systems. References are to abstracts from presentations at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition; July 31-August 4, 2016; Washington, DC
1Masi K, Ditman M, Marsh R, Dai J, Huberts M, Khadija M, Tatro D, Archer P, Matuszak M. Quality control of treatment planning using knowledge-based planning across a system of radiation oncology practices.
2Giaddui T, Li N, Curry K, Moore K, Mell L, Leath C, Kunos C, Xiao Y. Establishing a workflow for IMRT pre-treatment reviews for NRG-GY006 Clinical Trial.
3Lalonde R, Huq M, Heron D. Use of knowledge-based planning to evaluate the need for motion management in lung SBRT.