Purpose: In peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT), the bone marrow (BM) is one of the dose-limiting organs. The accepted dose limit for BM is 2 Gy, adopted from 131I treatment. We investigated the incidence and duration of haematological toxicity and its risk factors in patients treated with PRRT with 177Lu-DOTA0-Tyr3-octreotate (177Lu-DOTATATE). Also, absorbed BM dose estimates were evaluated and compared with the accepted 2 Gy dose limit. Methods: The incidence and duration of grade 3 or 4 haematological toxicity (according to CTCAE v3.0) and risk factors were analysed. Mean BM dose per unit (gigabecquerels) of administered radioactivity was calculated and the correlations between doses to the BM and haematological risk factors were determined. Results: Haematological toxicity (grade 3/4) occurred in 34 (11 %) of 320 patients. In 15 of the 34 patients, this lasted more than 6 months or blood transfusions were required. Risk factors significantly associated with haematological toxicity were: poor renal function, white blood cell (WBC) count <4.0 × 109/l, age over 70 years, extensive tumour mass and high tumour uptake on the OctreoScan. Previous chemotherapy was not associated. The mean BM dose per administered activity in 23 evaluable patients was 67 ± 7 mGy/GBq, resulting in a mean BM dose of 2 Gy in patients who received four cycles of 7.4 GBq 177Lu-DOTATATE. Significant correlations between (cumulative) BM dose and platelet and WBC counts were found in a selected group of patients. Conclusion: The incidence of subacute haematological toxicity after PRRT with 177Lu-DOTATATE is acceptable (11 %). Patients with impaired renal function, low WBC count, extensive tumour mass, high tumour uptake on the OctreoScan and/or advanced age are more likely to develop grade 3/4 haematological toxicity. The BM dose limit of 2 Gy, adopted from 131I, seems not to be valid for PRRT with 177Lu-DOTATATE.

177Lu-DOTATATE, Bone marrow, Dosimetry, PRRT, Toxicity
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00259-015-3193-4, hdl.handle.net/1765/87957
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Department of Internal Medicine

Bergsma, H, Konijnenberg, M, Kam, B.L.R, Teunissen, J.J.M, Kooij, P.P.M, de Herder, W.W, … Kwekkeboom, D. (2016). Subacute haematotoxicity after PRRT with 177Lu-DOTA-octreotate: prognostic factors, incidence and course. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 43(3), 453–463. doi:10.1007/s00259-015-3193-4