Therapeutic gain factors (TGFs) have been determined for three spontaneous tumors of the C3H mouse treated by photons + normobaric oxygen (O2(1) ATA), photons + hyperbaric oxygen (O2 3 ATA), photons + misonidazole, or fast neutrons. The tumors were early generation isotransplants of spontaneous tumors: MCaIV, a mammary carcinoma; FSaII, a fibrosarcoma; and SCCVII, a squamous cell carcinoma. The tumors, transplanted to the right leg, were 6 mm at start of treatment. Normal tissue responses studied were acute reaction of normal skin (all treatment modalities) and LD50 following irradiation of the upper abdomen (in test of photons + O2 at 1 or 3 ATA). Thus both the tumor and normal tissues would be classified as "acute responding." All subject tissues were at congruent to 34.5-35 degrees C at irradiation. Treatments were based on d(25)Be or p(43)Be fast neutron beams, 60Co and 137Cs photon beams. Treatments were given in 5 or 15 equal doses in 5 days. For photon treatments, TGFs (air/O2 3 ATA) were substantially and significantly larger than 1 for all three tumor systems treated at small or large doses per fraction when related to skin or abdominal tissue responses. The TGFs (air/O2 1 ATA) were greater than 1 at small doses per fraction for MCaIV and FSaII for skin as the normal tissue; the TGFs for all three tumors and at all doses per fraction would be greater than 1 when related to upper abdominal tissues. TGFs (O2 1 ATA/O2 3 ATA) for photon irradiation greater than 1 were found only for SCCVII and that obtained for both large and small doses per fraction. Misonidazole achieved impressive TGFs (air/air + miso or air/O2 1 ATA + miso); the drug was tested only at 10-12 Gy/fraction and relative to skin. RBEs(FN) for the three tumors were lower at 1.5-2 Gy(FN)/fraction than at 5-6 Gy(FN)/fraction, i.e. the opposite to that reported for normal tissue (RBE increases with decreasing dose per fraction). A TGF (relative to skin reaction) greater than 1 for fast neutron therapy was found only for SCCVII when treated at large doses/fraction; this was true for air or O2 1 ATA conditions.
Suit, Sedlacek, Silver, Hsieh, Epp, Ngo, Roberts, Verhey, (1988). Therapeutic gain factors for fractionated radiation treatment of spontaneous murine tumors using fast neutrons, photons plus O2(1) or 3 ATA, or photons plus misonidazole. Radiation research, 1988 Dec;116(3):482-502. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3205910