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Gynecol Oncol. 1997 Aug;66(2):300-7.

Isolated vaginal recurrences in endometrial carcinoma: treatment results using high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy.

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  • 1Department of Oncology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



To evaluate the long-term disease control, survival and complication rates using high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy (HDRB) and external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for patients found to have isolated vaginal recurrences from early-stage endometrial adenocarcinoma following total abdominal hysterectomy and bisalpingo-oophorectomy (TAH BSO).


Twenty patients originally diagnosed with early-stage endometrial adenocarcinoma (FIGO stage I or II) following TAH BSO developed isolated vaginal recurrences and were referred to our radiation oncology department for definitive treatment. The median time between TAH BSO and vaginal recurrence was 24 months. Thirteen patients received combined modality treatment (EBRT + HDRB) and seven patients received HDRB only. Median prescribed dose was 4400 cGy by EBRT and 2400 cGy to the vagina mucosa surface by HDRB in the combined modality group. Median prescribed dose was 3500 cGy to the vagina mucosa surface for the HDRB only group. These patients were followed for a median duration of 47.5 months following treatment for isolated vaginal recurrence.


Eighteen of 20 patients (90%) achieved a complete response to therapy and the remaining 2 achieved a partial response. Four of 18 complete responders developed a second recurrence within 30 months following radiotherapy. Ten-year cumulative local control rate was 74%. Ten-year cumulative cause specific and disease-free survival rate was 71 and 46%. Overall late complication rate was 15%; there were no grade 3 or 4 late complications. Three patients developed grade 2 late complications from treatment; all 3 were from the combined modality group (HDRB + EBRT).


The use of HDRB resulted in high complete response rates and durable long-term disease-specific survival in a substantial percentage of patients. To our knowledge, this study represents the first published results on treatment of vaginal recurrences with HDRB. Although the number of patients in this study is small, treatment results compare favorably to those obtained from patients treated with low-dose-rate brachytherapy +/- EBRT from other studies.

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