High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue as initial therapy for anaplastic oligodendroglioma: Long-term follow-up Academic Article uri icon

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  • We previously reported a phase 2 trial of 69 patients with newly diagnosed anaplastic or aggressive oligodendroglioma who were treated with intensive procarbazine, CCNU (lomustine), and vincristine (PCV) followed by high-dose thiotepa with autologous stem cell rescue. This report summarizes the long-term follow-up of the cohort of 39 patients who received high-dose thiotepa with autologous stem cell support. Thirty-nine patients with a median age of 43 (range, 18-67) and a median KPS of 100 (range, 70-100) were treated. Surviving patients now have a median follow-up of 80.5 months (range, 44-142). The median progression-free survival is 78 months, and median overall survival has not been reached. Eighteen patients (46%) have relapsed. Neither histology nor prior low-grade oligodendroglioma correlated with risk of relapse. Persistent nonenhancing tumor at transplant was identified in our initial report as a significant risk factor for relapse; however, long-term follow-up has not confirmed this finding. Long-term neurotoxicity has developed only in those patients whose disease relapsed and required additional therapy; no patient in continuous remission has developed a delayed neurologic injury. This treatment strategy affords long-term disease control to a subset of patients with newly diagnosed anaplastic oligodendroglioma without evidence of delayed neurotoxicity or myelodysplasia.


  • Abrey, Lauren E
  • Childs, Barrett H
  • Paleologos, Nina
  • Kaminer, Lynne
  • Rosenfeld, Steven
  • Salzman, Donna
  • Finlay, Jonathan L
  • Gardner, Sharon
  • Peterson, Kendra
  • Hu, Wendy
  • Swinnen, Lode
  • Bayer, Robert
  • Forsyth, Peter
  • Stewart, Douglas
  • Smith, Anne
  • Macdonald, David R
  • Weaver, Susan
  • Ramsay, David A
  • Nimer, Stephen D
  • Deangelis, Lisa M
  • Cairncross, J Gregory

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  • April 1, 2006

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