Misc Normal

Bone Marrow

  • Circulating lymphocytes are directly killed by low dose radiation (TBI)


  • Preadolescent breast development is inhibited in 5% of the population at 10 Gy and 50% at 15 Gy.


  • Oliogodendrocytes are responsible for myelination
  • For pediatric patients with localized ependymoma, a limited volume of the upper cervical spinal cord may receive 54 Gy over the course of 6 weeks with minimal risk of spinal cord injury. Additional dose to the spinal cord beyond 54 Gy does not contribute additional risk, phttp://www.wikidot.com/doc:wiki-syntaxrovided the daily fraction size is limited to 1.25 Gy. (T. E. Merchant. A Prospective Study of Spinal Cord Dosimetry and Neurologic Outcome for Infratentorial Ependymoma. IJROBP 1 November 2006 (Vol. 66, Issue 3, Page S111))

Cauda equina

  • No patients devleoped neural injury at ≤ 70.2 Gy RBE. Suspect nerve injury to occur between 70.2 to 77.4 Gy[13]

Brachial Plexus

  • .4% complication with ≤ 50 Gy without chemotherapy and 3.4% with chemotherapy
  • 60 Gy can be delivered with complications in <5% of patients. ( Choa KS, Perez C, Brady L. Radiation Oncology: Management Decisions. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1999. )


  • trandermal electrical nerve stimulation
  • dosal column stimulators
  • neurolysis
  • neurolysis with omentoplasty
  • physical therapy
  • tricyclics
  • antiarrhythmics
  • anticonvulsives
  • NSAID and Steroids


  • The 2-year risk of brachial plexopathy was 46% after the brachial plexus received a biologically effective dose maximum (BED) of >100 Gy
  • 8% for BED <100 Gy [6].
  • Anther study reported brachial plexopathy in 1 of 60 patients due to significant volume of brachial plexus receiving 40 Gy in 4 fractions. [7]


  • a significant hearing loss was noted after a cochlear dose of ≥ 60 Gy in 60% of the patients and no patient after a dose of < 60 Gy when treating the parotid in adults. (Chen et al Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1999; 108: 1159-1164).
  • a dose of ≤ 30 Gy should be attempted.


Lens of eye(Cataract)

  • Min. dose = 2Gy
  • RBE of neutron or heavy iron is 20 but as high as 50
  • Result of accumulation of dead cells
  • 2-6.5 Gy Stationary cataract
  • 6.5-11.5 Gy Progressive Cataract



  • is an intermediate- to late-responding tissue with alpha/beta of 3. The lung is among the most sensitive of late-responding tissues.

Radiation Pneumonitis

  • surfactant proteins, IL-6, and IL-1α] have been identified as early circulating cytokine markers for RP. Anscher et al. (IJROBP 1998)[28] have extensively evaluated in clinical studies the role of plasma transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in the development of RP.
  • (Katrien De Jaeger M.D., M.Sc. Significance of plasma transforming growth factor-β levels in radiotherapy for non–small-cell lung cancer IJROBP 1 April 2004, Pages 1378-1387)

== DVH for Lung and Surrounding Tissues for Lung Irradiation ==

Radiation Bronchitis

This disease entity was originally described by Speiseret al.[12] The concept of the hyperdose sleeve may reasonably explain the high dose volume produced by intraluminal brachytherapy sources.[11] As for the proximal airway, several series have reported tracheal stenosis after external beam radiation therapy using up to 70 Gy.[8],[9] Hayakawa et al. reported the deleterious effect of 80 Gy in 40 fractions to the proximal bronchi.[10]



  • no upper limit if < 25% of the normal liver is treated
  • 5% risk for uniform irradiation of
1/3 90 Gy
2/3 47 Gy
whole liver 31 Gy

(Dawson et al. Sem Rad Onc 01).


Radiation Effect On Fertility: Ovary[5]
• Under 2Gy radiation can destroy 50% of
the immature oocytes
• 20-30 Gy total abdominal therapy
– 97% post-pubertal women experience premature ovarian failure
– 72% pre-pubertal girls lose ovarian function
• Degree of ovarian dysfunction is related to
– Dose
– Fractionation schedule
– Age and time of therapy
– Gonadal shielding


  • Low dose hypersensitivity can occur at 0.5 Gy per fraction*
  • At 2 Gy maximum resistance to radiation occurs and skin erythema is rarely seen from 2-7 Gy

Small Bowel Tolerance


  • Transit time from stem cell to spermatozoa is 74 days.
  • 0.1 Gy leads to tremporary reduction in # of spermatozoa
  • 0.15 Gy leads to temp. sterility
  • 2 Gy leads to Azoospermia x 2 years
  • 6-8 Gy permanent Azoospermia.
  • 1 Gy TD 5/5 for Sterility
  • 20 Gy TD 5/5 for Leydig cells (testosterone)
  • B-spermatogonia are killed
  • Fractionation decreases the tolerance for sterility due to reassortment


Radiation Effect On Fertility: Testis[3],[4]
• Dose dependent effect on sperm parameters
– Greater than 4-6 Gy: permanent azoospermia
– Greater than 1.2 Gy: azoospermia
– Lower doses show varying degrees and durations of sperm impairment
– Direct testicular irradiation has an 8.2-fold increase risk of azoospermia

Vaginal Surface Dose tolerance in thirds[1]

  • Proximal 150 Gy
  • "The traditional 150 Gy LDR tolerance dose (single source plus external irradiation) can be relaxed to 175 Gy or equivalently a full mucosal dose of 238 Gy (all sources plus external irradiation) for a nominal 5% Grade 3 complication rate."[2]
  • Middle 90 Gy
  • Distal 90 cGy
  • Whole vaginal < 80 Gy

Treatment of Fibrosis


  • and inhibitors of TGF-beta can reduce fibrosis even afer its clinical development.


  • Potent growth inhibitor and inducer of apoptosis, suppresses anti-tumor immune responses. binds to type I and type II receptors leading to signaling of SMAD family of intracellular mediators.
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2. Au SP, Grigsby PW. The irradiation tolerance dose of the proximal vagina. Radiother Oncol. 2003 Apr;67(1):77-85. PMID: 12758243
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6. Forquer JA, Fakiris AJ, Timmerman RD, Lo SS, Perkins SM, McGarry RC, Johnstone PAS: Brachial plexopathy (BP) from stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) in early-stage NSCLC: Dose-limiting toxicity in apical tumor sites [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2008, 72:S36-37
7. Chang JY, Balter P, Dong L, Bucci MK, Liao Z, Jeter MD, McAleer MF, Yang Q, Cox JD, Komaki R: Early results of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in centrally/superiorly located stage I or isolated recurrent NSCLC [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2008, 72:S463.
8. Rostom AY, Morgan RL. Results of treating primary tumours of the trachea by irradiation. Thorax, 33: 387–393, 1978.
9. Mornex F, Coquard R, Danhier S, Maingon P, El Husseini G, Van Houtte P. Role of radiation therapy in the treatment of primary tracheal carcinoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 41: 299–305, 1998.
10. Hayakawa K, Mitsuhashi N, Saito Y, Nakajima N, Niibe H. Adverse chronic effects of high-dose irradiation onproximal bronchus in patients treated for bronchogeniccarcinoma. Br J Radiol, 66: 477–479, 1993.
11. Marinello G, Pierquin B, Grimard L, Barret C. Dosimetry of intraluminal brachytherapy. Radiother Oncol, 23: 213–216, 1992.
12. Speiser BL, Spratling L. Radiation bronchitis and stenosis secondary to high dose rate endobronchial irradiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 25: 589–597, 1993.
13. DeLaney et al. Phase II Study of High-dose Photon/proton radiotherapy in the managmenet of spine sarcomas. IJROBP 2009, 74: 732-39.
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