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Wergin, Melanie C; Roos, Malgorzata; Inteeworn, Nathalie; Laluhovà, Dagmar; Allemann, Katrin; Kaser-Hotz, Barbara (2006). The influence of fractionated radiation therapy on plasma vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) concentration in dogs with spontaneous tumors and its impact on outcome. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 79(2):239-244.



BACK GROUND AND PURPOSE: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a specific pro-angiogenic factor is proposed to be involved in cancer progression and resistance to radiation therapy by promoting angiogenesis and by protecting endothelial cells from radiation induced apoptosis. The aim of this study, was first to assess the influence of ionizing radiation on plasma VEGF concentration in spontaneous canine tumors during fractionated radiation therapy with curative or palliative intent and second to analyze plasma VEGF concentration as predictor for treatment outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For plasma VEGF analysis a human VEGF enzyme linked immunosorbent assay was used. Sixty dogs with various tumor types were included in this study. Dogs were irradiated with either low dose per fx (3-3.5 Gy per fraction, total dose: 42-49 Gy, group A: curative intent) or high dose per fx (6-8 Gy per fraction, total dose: 24-30 Gy, group B: palliative intent). Blood samples were taken before and after dose application at certain time points during therapy. Follow-up evaluation was performed for analysis of time to treatment failure and survival. RESULTS: Repeated measures analysis showed no increase of plasma VEGF in dogs treated with fractionated radiation therapy (group A and B). Dichotomizing baseline plasma VEGF into two groups with high and low plasma VEGF, resulted in shorter time to treatment failure in dogs with high plasma VEGF levels (TTF, group A: P=0.038, group B: P=0.041). CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated that dogs with a plasma VEGF level higher than 5 pg/ml had a poorer outcome after radiation therapy. It is therefore, suggested, to use plasma VEGF as predictor for treatment outcome in radiation therapy.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
DDC:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:15 May 2009 12:02
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 21:22
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.radonc.2006.03.021
PubMed ID:16677728
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 7
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