Phase 2 study of BCNU and temozolomide for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme: North American brain tumor consortium study Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Dacarbazine
  • Glioblastoma
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local


  • The purpose of this study was to evaluate the activity, measured in terms of progression-free survival (PFS) and response rates, of 1,3-bis(chloro-ethyl)-1-nitrosourea (BCNU) plus temozolomide in adult patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. The phase 2 dose and schedule for this trial was BCNU 150 mg/m(2) i.v. followed in 2 h by temozolomide 550 mg/m(2) as a single oral dose. Treatment was repeated every 6 weeks for up to 8 cycles unless tumor progression was documented. The primary end point was PFS at 6 months (PFS-6). Response was a secondary end point, measured by MR imaging, neurological status, and steroid requirements prior to each 6-week cycle. The median age of eligible patients was 53, and 89.5% had no prior chemotherapy. All patients were evaluable for toxicity and time to progression. The PFS-6 was 21%. Overall survival was 68% at 6 months and 26% at 1 year. The MRI response for 36 patients was 2 partial responses, 2 minor responses, 19 cases of stable disease, and 13 immediate progressions. Median survival was 34 weeks, and median PFS was 11 weeks. Toxicity was primarily myelosuppression; no toxic deaths occurred. Historical phase 2 study data in this patient population show a PFS-6 of 15%. Recent data for use of temozolomide alone have shown a PFS-6 of 21%. We conclude that BCNU plus temozolomide when used in these doses and schedule has only modest activity, with significant toxicity, and appears to be no more effective than single-agent temozolomide.

publication date

  • January 2004



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC1871975

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1215/S1152851703000309

PubMed ID

  • 14769138

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