Temozolomide in newly diagnosed malignant gliomas: Administered concomitantly with radiotherapy, and thereafter as consolidation treatment

Yaman E., Buyukberber S., ÜNER A., Coskun U., AKMANSU M., Benekli M., ...More

ONKOLOGIE, vol.31, no.6, pp.309-313, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000127252
  • Journal Name: ONKOLOGIE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.309-313
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Surgical resection followed by radiotherapy used to be the standard treatment in malignant gliomas. Recently, temozolomide has become a cornerstone in the treatment of these patients. We evaluated retrospectively the efficacy and the toxicity of temozolomide which was administered concomitantly with radiotherapy, and thereafter as consolidation treatment. Patients and Methods: Medical records of 64 patients with malignant glioma were reviewed. Postoperatively, temozolomide was given at a dose of 75 mg/m(2)/day concomitantly with cranial radiotherapy. After 4 weeks of rest, patients were treated with temozolomide 200 mg/m(2) on days 1-5 every 28 days for 6 cycles. Results: 62 patients were evaluable for response and toxicity. Objective response rate was 38.7% including 7 (11.3%) complete responses, and 17 (27.4%) partial responses. Median progression-free survival, and overall survival have not yet been reached in the grade III astrocytoma group at a median follow-up of 19 months. In the glioblastoma multiforme group, median progression-free survival, and median overall survival were 10 and 19 months, respectively. 2-year survival rates were 80% and 19% for the grade III astrocytoma, and for the glioblastoma multiforme groups, respectively. Toxicity was mild to moderate with rare grade 4 toxicities. Conclusion: Our data suggest that temozolomide is an active regimen for malignant gliomas. It was more effective in younger patients with better performance status.