• Radiation Induced Lymphopenia Is Associated With the Effective Dose to the Circulating Immune Cells in Breast Cancer.

      Chen, Fang; Jin, Jian-Yue; Hui, Timothy S K; Jing, Haiman; Zhang, Hong; Nong, Yaqing; Han, Ying; Wang, Weili; Ma, Lingyu; Yi, Fan; et al. (Frontiers Media S.A., 2022-04-28)
      A total of 735 patients were eligible. The mean post/preRT PLC ratio was 0.66 (95% CI: 0.64-0.68) and mean EDIC of breast cancer was 1.70Gy (95% CI: 1.64-1.75). Both post/preRT PLC ratio and postRT PLC were significantly correlated with EDIC (P<0.001), with R2 of 0.246. For patients with normal preRT PLC, the post/preRT PLC ratio was better associated with EDIC, and postRT PLC was expressed as PLC preRT × (0.89 - 0.16 × EDIC). For patients with preRT lymphopenia, postRT PLC was better associated with EDIC and it was 1.1 - 0.17 × EDIC. Using binned EDIC as the dose variable, the bootstrap validated NTCPs fit the data nicely with R2 of 0.93, 0.96, and 0.94 for grade-1, grade-2, and grade-3 RIL, respectively. The corresponding EDIC to induce 50% of grade-1, grade-2 and grade-3 RIL was 1.2, 2.1 and 3.7 Gy, respectively.