Therapeutic potential of 90Y- and 131I-labeled anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody in treating non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with pulmonary involvement: a Monte Carlo-based dosimetric analysis. Journal Articles uri icon

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  • UNLABELLED: Pulmonary involvement is common in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). (90)Y- and (131)I-anti-CD20 antibodies (ibritumomab tiuxetan and tositumomab, respectively) have been approved for the treatment of refractory low-grade follicular NHL. In this work, we used Monte Carlo-based dosimetry to compare the potential of (90)Y and (131)I, based purely on their emission properties, in targeted therapy for NHL lung metastases of various nodule sizes and tumor burdens. METHODS: Lung metastases were simulated as spheres, with radii ranging from 0.2 to 5.0 cm, which were randomly distributed in a voxelized adult male lung phantom. Total tumor burden was varied from 0.2 to 1,641 g. Tumor uptake and retention kinetics of the 2 radionuclides were assumed equivalent; a uniform distribution of activity within tumors was assumed. Absorbed dose to tumors and lung parenchyma per unit activity in lung tumors was calculated by a Monte Carlo-based system using the MCNP4B package. Therapeutic efficacy was defined as the ratio of mean absorbed dose in the tumor to that in normal lung. Dosimetric analysis was also performed for a lung-surface distribution of tumor nodules mimicking pleural metastatic disease. RESULTS: The therapeutic efficacy of both (90)Y and (131)I declined with increasing tumor burden. In treating tumors with radii less than 2.0 cm, (131)I targeting was more efficacious than (90)Y targeting. (90)Y yielded a broader distribution of tumor absorbed doses, with the minimum 54.1% lower than the average dose; for (131)I, the minimum absorbed dose was 33.3% lower than the average. The absorbed dose to normal lungs was reduced when the tumors were distributed on the lung surface. For surface tumors, the reductions in normal-lung absorbed dose were greater for (90)Y than for (131)I, but (131)I continued to provide a greater therapeutic ratio across different tumor burdens and sizes. CONCLUSION: Monte Carlo-based dosimetry was performed to compare the therapeutic potential of (90)Y and (131)I targeting of lung metastases in NHL patients. (131)I provided a therapeutic advantage over (90)Y, especially in tumors with radii less than 2.0 cm and at lower tumor burdens. For both (90)Y- and (131)I-labeled antibodies, treatment is more efficacious when applied to metastatic NHL cases with lower tumor burdens. (131)I has advantages over (90)Y in treating smaller lung metastases.


  • Song, Hong
  • Du, Yong
  • Sgouros, George
  • Prideaux, Andrew
  • Frey, Eric
  • Wahl, Richard L

publication date

  • January 2007