Radiotherapy and temozolomide for anaplastic astrocytic gliomas Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
  • Astrocytoma
  • Chemoradiotherapy
  • Dacarbazine
  • Glioma
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local


  • We previously reported results of a phase II non-comparative trial that randomized patients with glioblastoma following radiotherapy to one of two different temozolomide schedules, followed by 13-cis-retinoic acid (RA) maintenance. Here we report the results of an exploratory cohort of patients accrued with anaplastic astrocytic tumors. Patients with newly diagnosed anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) or anaplastic oligo-astrocytoma (AOA) were treated with concurrent radiotherapy (60 Gy over 6 weeks) and temozolomide (75 mg/m(2)), and six adjuvant 28-day cycles of either dose-dense (150 mg/m(2), days 1-7, 15-21) or metronomic (50 mg/m(2), days 1-28) temozolomide. Subsequently, maintenance RA (100 mg/m(2), days 1-21/28) was administered until disease progression. All outcome measures were descriptive without intention to compare between treatment arms. Survival was measured by the Kaplan-Meier method. There were 31 patients (21 men, 10 women) with median age 48 years (range 28-74), median KPS 90 (range 60-100). Extent of resection was gross-total in 35%, subtotal 23%, and biopsy 42%. Histology was AA in 90%, and AOA in 10%. MGMT promoter methylation was methylated in 20%, unmethylated in 50%, and uninformative in 30% of 30 tested. Median progression-free survival was 2.1 years (95% CI 0.95-Not Reached), and overall survival 2.9 years (95 % CI 2.0-Not Reached). We report outcomes among a homogeneously treated population with anaplastic astrocytic tumors. Survival was unexpectedly short compared to other reports. These data may be useful as a contemporary historic control for other ongoing or future randomized trials.

publication date

  • May 26, 2015



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4606458

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11060-015-1771-8

PubMed ID

  • 25920709

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