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Concurrent chemoradiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy with Topotecan for patients with glioblastoma multiforme.

Posted on: 12/07/2005

Concurrent chemoradiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy with Topotecan for patients with glioblastoma multiforme.

J Neurooncol. 2005 Nov 29;:1-7 [Epub ahead of print] Related Articles, Links

Klautke G, Schutze M, Bombor I, Benecke R, Piek J, Fietkau R.

Department of Radiotherapy, University of Rostock, Sudring 75, 18059, Rostock, Germany,

PURPOSE: The prognosis for patients with glioblastoma multiforme remains poor. Phase II studies, meta-analyses and a phase III study show that concurrent chemoradiotherapy has an advantage over irradiation alone. In this study the effectiveness of concurrent chemoradiotherapy with Topotecan and an adjuvant chemotherapy with Topotecan was investigated. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Forty-two patients with predominantly unfavourable prognosis factors were included in the study and treated as follows: hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy (2x1.75Gy to 45.5 + 12.25 Gy (RP)) with a concurrent, continuous infusion of Topotecan (0.5 mg/m(2)/d, days 1-21). On day 28 the adjuvant chemotherapy (three courses) was begun according to the same scheme. RESULT: Haematological toxicities were 13/42 (30%) grade III leucopenia, 2/42 (4%) grade IV, as well as 5/42 (10%) grade III thrombopenias and 1/42 (2%) grade IV. 30/42 (71%) patients showed improvement or stabilisation of an existing neurological symptomatic complex. The median time to progression was 7.2 (+/- 0.8) months, the median total survival was 10 (+/- 1.2) months, the 2 year survival rate 4.7 (+/- 0.3)%. Prognostic factors were age, surgical radicality, performance status and the tumour volume before therapy. Concurrent chemoradiotherapy and an adjuvant chemotherapy with Topotecan is feasible at acceptable toxicity levels also for patients with a moderate performance status. The patients benefit from the improvement of the clinical symptomatic complex and, even with unfavourable prognosis factors, have a higher median survival in comparison to data published on similar groups of patients given only radiotherapy. PMID: 16314953 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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