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Volume 2015, Article ID 591698, 5 pages
Research Article

Whole Lung Irradiation in Adults with Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma: Practice Patterns and Implications for Treatment

1Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Boston, MA 02115, USA
2Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA
3Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA
4Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA
5Department of Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA
6Department of Radiation Oncology, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Received 16 April 2015; Accepted 14 June 2015

Academic Editor: Uta Dirksen

Copyright © 2015 Shyam K. Tanguturi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Whole lung irradiation (WLI) is a standard treatment component for children with metastatic Ewing Sarcoma (ES), but data on WLI for adults are sparse. Design. An email survey was sent to expert sarcoma-dedicated oncologists worldwide: An adult with excellent performance status presents with primary ES in the leg and multiple pulmonary metastases. The patient achieves complete radiographic response after chemotherapy and resection of the primary. Would you give bilateral WLI to (1) this adult patient?, (2) this patient if 20 years old (yo)?, (3) this patient if 45 yo?, or (4) this patient if 60 yo? Results. 38 experts responded, including 24 adult, 1 adolescent young adult, and 13 pediatric oncologists. 63%, 63%, 62%, and 50% of respondents offered WLI to the adult, 20-year-old, 45-year-old, and 60-year-old, respectively. Pediatric oncologists more likely endorsed WLI across all ages including the adult (), 20-year-old (), 45-year-old (), and 60-year-old (). There were no significant differences between medical and radiation oncologists or between European/Australian and American providers. Conclusions. Almost two-thirds of experts surveyed supported WLI for adults with metastatic ES up to age 45 and half supported WLI for a 60-year-old. Continued collaboration across adult and pediatric oncology is needed to define evidence-based strategies across the age spectrum.