Posted on: 12/19/2007

Br J Neurosurg. 2007 Dec;21(6):583-7.

Encouraging experience of concomitant Temozolomide with radiotherapy followed by adjuvant Temozolomide in newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme: single institution experience.

Jalali R, Basu A, Gupta T, Munshi A, Menon H, Sarin R, Goel A.

Departments of Radiation Oncology.

The purpose of this study was to report our experience with concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ) with radiotherapy in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Forty-two newly diagnosed histopathologically proven patients with GBM underwent maximal safe resection followed by external radiotherapy to a total dose of 60 Gy in 30 fractions over 6 weeks along with concomitant oral TMZ (75 mg/m(2)) daily followed by adjuvant TMZ for 5 days every 28 days for six cycles (150 mg/m(2) for the first cycle and 200 mg/m(2) for rest of the cycles). Patients were monitored clinicoradiologically as per standard practice. Patients were 13 - 69 years of age with a median age of 49.5 years (31 males, 11 females). Fifty per cent of patients underwent a gross total resection of tumour, 43% had partial resection, and 7% an open or stereotactic biopsy only. 53% of the patients had a post-operative Karnofsky Performance Score (KPS) of 60 - 80%. All patients received concomitant radiation and TMZ with 74% of the patients completing six cycles of adjuvant TMZ. At a median follow-up of 12.5 months, the 1- and 2-year survival was 67 and 29%, respectively. The median overall and progression-free survival was 16.4 and 14.9 months respectively. Patients with pretreatment KPS of >80% had significantly better overall survival as compared with those having KPS </=80% (median survival 22.12 vs. 11.97 months; p = 0.026). Treatment was generally well tolerated with 9% of patients developing grade 3 anaemia, 2% grade 3 leucopoenia, and 7% patients grade 3 or 4 thrombocytopenia respectively during the treatment. At last follow-up, among the surviving patients, 30% had a maintained KPS greater than 90%. Concomitant radiotherapy and TMZ followed by adjuvant TMZ prolongs survival in patients with glioblastoma multiforme and is well tolerated in our patient population.

PMID: 18071985 [PubMed - in process]

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