Selected inflammatory breast cancer research published in 2020
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Stecklein, S. R., et al. (2019). Excellent Locoregional Control in Inflammatory Breast Cancer With a Personalized Radiation Therapy Approach. Practical Radiation Oncology, 9(6), 402–409. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2019.05.011.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) has been characterized by high locoregional recurrence (LRR) rates even after trimodality therapy. We recently reported excellent locoregional control among patients treated since formal dedication of an IBC-specific clinic and research program in 2006. Institutionally, a standard twice-daily (BID) dose escalation regimen for all patients with IBC was de-escalated in select cases in 2006 after review demonstrated that young age, incomplete response to neoadjuvant therapy, and positive margins identified subsets with maximal benefit from dose escalation. We report local control and toxicity rates specific to BID versus once-daily (QD) radiation therapy approaches.
Tailoring radiation therapy to clinical risk factors was associated with excellent locoregional control. De-escalation of PMRT from BID to QD was not clearly associated with reduced toxicity compared with BID, although retrospective data collection may limit this comparison.