Irradiation Toxicity and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD): Review
Kouvaris John R.,
Background/Aim: The evaluation of radiotherapy toxicity in oncologic IBD patients. Defining the optimal patient and
treatment factors that would be able to reduce the risk to organs.
Materials and Methods: A review of all published radiotherapy trials was performed to identify the clinical and treatment
factors of inflammatory bowel disease’s patients treated for different solid tumors.
Results: Overall, acute (Grade ≥ 3) gastrointestinal complications attributable to RT ranged between 20-21% of the
treated patients. A late Grade ≥ 3 gastrointestinal toxicity was developed in a range between 8-29%.
Conclusion: A special attention should be given to the description of IBD location, activity status, concurrent chemotherapy,
irradiation dose and technique, in order to minimize post-irradiation morbidity. It is not easy to distinguish late morbidity
attributable to radiotherapy due to the IBD itself.
Keywords: Inflammatory bowel diseases, radiotherapy, toxicity.
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