Bevacizumab for the treatment of high-grade glioma: An update after Phase III trials
Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
Bevacizumab has been shown to be safe and tolerable in HGG. In the recurrent disease setting, bevacizumab might offer clinical benefits and is currently approved as a single agent for this indication. Although clinical trials demonstrate a prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) in bevacizumab-treated HGG, a benefit on overall survival has not been demonstrated. Research so far shows that bevacizumab appears to prolong PFS in newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Available data do not demonstrate a survival benefit in newly diagnosed patients. In the recurrent setting, there is no adequately powered randomized clinical trial to address whether there is a PFS or survival benefit with bevacizumab. Bevacizumab has also been introduced into other settings in neuro-oncology, including concurrent administration with re-irradiation for recurrent HGG.