Purpose: Randomized data support accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) for early-stage breast cancer with variable techniques and cosmesis outcomes. We have treated patients with 5-fraction prone external beam APBI for over a decade and herein report acute and late outcomes. Methods and Materials: Patients receiving APBI 600 cGy × 5 between 2010 and 2019 were included. APBI was primarily delivered prone, with opposed tangents targeting the tumor bed expanded by 1.5 cm (cropped 6 mm from skin). Ipsilateral breast was constrained to V50% < 60% and V100% < 35%. Survival was estimated with Kaplan-Meier. Late toxicities and clinician- and patient-rated cosmesis were evaluated for patients with >6 months follow-up (FU). Results: Of 345 patients meeting criteria, 14 were excluded due to APBI given for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR; n = 3), palliation (n = 9), and incomplete radiation therapy course (n = 2). Of the 331 remaining, median age was 70, 7.2% had ductal carcinoma in situ, and 94.3% were treated prone, with 32% treated every other day and 68% on consecutive days. Mean heart dose was 23.8 cGy for left-sided and 12.7 cGy for right-sided cancers. Ipsilateral lung V30% was 0.4%. At 5-year median FU, there were 7 (2.1%) IBTR, 9 (2.7%) contralateral recurrences, and 1 (0.3%) distant metastasis. Five-year local recurrence-free, disease-free, and overall survival was 99.5%, 96.7%, and 98.1%, respectively. When comparing patients with IBTR versus without, a higher proportion did not receive hormone therapy (71.4% vs. 26.2%, P = .018). Rates of acute grade 1 to 2 dermatitis, fatigue, and pain were 35.4%, 21.8%, and 9.4%, respectively, with no grade 3 toxicity. The rate of good-excellent physician- and patient-rated cosmesis (n = 199, median FU 2.8 years) was 92.5% and 89.4%, respectively. Patients experienced low rates of telangiectasia, fibrosis, and retraction/atrophy. Conclusions: We report excellent dosimetric, oncologic, cosmetic, and late toxicity outcomes for patients treated with 5-fraction APBI. To our knowledge this is the largest series of women treated with prone APBI.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging