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The RSSearch™ Registry: patterns of care and outcomes research on patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy

Joanne N Davis1, Clinton Medbery III2, Sanjeev Sharma3, Adnan Danish4 and Anand Mahadevan5*

Author Affiliations

1 The Radiosurgery Society, 1350 Campbell, Suite 105, Sunnyvale, CA 95008, USA

2 Department of Radiation Oncology, St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

3 Department of Radiation Oncology, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, USA

4 Department of Radiation Oncology, Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, NJ, USA

5 Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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Radiation Oncology 2013, 8:275  doi:10.1186/1748-717X-8-275

Published: 25 November 2013



The RSSearch™ Registry is a multi-institutional, observational, ongoing registry established to standardize data collection from patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and/or stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). This report describes the design, patient demographics, lesion characteristics, and SRS/SBRT treatment patterns in RSSearch™. Illustrative patient-related outcomes are also presented for two common treatment sites – brain metastases and liver metastases.

Materials and methods

Thirty-nine US centers participated in RSSearch™. Patients screened for SRS/SBRT were eligible to be enrolled. Descriptive analyses were performed to assess patient characteristics, physician treatment practices, and clinical outcomes. Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to determine overall survival (OS), local progression-free (LPFS), and distant disease-free survival (DDFS).


From January, 2008 – January, 2013, 11,457 patients were enrolled. The median age was 67 years (range 7–100 years); 51% male and 49% female. Forty-six percent had no prior treatment, 22% had received chemotherapy, 19% radiation therapy and 17% surgery. There were 11,820 lesions from 65 treatment locations; 54% extracranial and 46% intracranial. The most common treatment locations were brain/cranial nerve/spinal cord, lung, prostate and liver. Metastatic lesions accounted for the majority of cases (41.6%), followed by primary malignant (32.9%), benign (10.9%), recurrent (9.4%), and functional diseases (4.3%). SRS/SBRT was used with a curative intent in 39.8% and palliative care in 44.8% of cases. The median dose for all lesions was 30 Gy (range < 1 – 96.7 Gy) delivered in a median number of 3 fractions. The median dose for lesions in the brain/cranial nerve/spinal cord, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate was 24, 54, 45, 29 and 36.25 Gy, respectively. In a subset analysis of 799 patients with 952 brain metastases, median OS was 8 months. For patients with a Karnofsky performance score (KPS) > 70, OS was 11 months vs. 4 months for KPS ≤ 70. Six-month and 12-month local control was 79% and 61%, respectively for patients with KPS ≤ 70, and 85% and 74%, respectively for patients with KPS > 70. In a second subset analysis including 174 patients with 204 liver metastases, median OS was 22 months. At 1-year, LPFS and DDFS rates were 74% and 53%, respectively. LPFS.


This study demonstrates that collective patterns of care and outcomes research for SRS/SBRT can be performed and reported from data entered by users in a common database. The RSSearch™ dataset represents SRS/SBRT practices in a real world setting, providing a useful resource for expanding knowledge of SRS/SBRT treatment patterns and outcomes and generating robust hypotheses for randomzed clinical studies.

Stereotactic radiosurgery; Stereotactic body radiation therapy; Registry; Brain metastases; Lung cancer; Liver metastases; Prostate cancer; Pancreatic cancer