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"One week on-one week off": efficacy and side effects of dose-intensified temozolomide chemotherapy: experiences of a single center.
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PMID:  23299464     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To evaluate in a single center retrospectively the efficacy and tolerability of a weekly regimen, which alternates temozolomide (TMZ) in patients with recurrent or progressive high-grade glioma (HGG). From January 2005 until June 2011, 54 patients with recurrent or progressive HGG were treated with TMZ 150 mg/m²/day on days 1-7 and 15-21 of a 28-day cycle ("one week on-one week off" scheme; TMZ 7/14) with individual dose adjustment depending on toxicity. The majority of patients (n = 48, 89 %) was treated at first tumor recurrence or progression. All patients had received prior radiotherapy with or without concomitantly administered TMZ and, optionally, adjuvant chemotherapy. After initiation of TMZ 7/14, MRI was obtained every 8-12 weeks. Tumor response or progression was assessed according to Macdonald criteria. Blood examinations were performed weekly. Toxicity was evaluated according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE; version 3.0). A total of 434 treatment weeks with TMZ 7/14 were delivered. The median number of treatment weeks was 7 (range, 1-41 weeks). No grade 4 hematological toxicity and no opportunistic infections occurred. Patients with neutropenia were not observed. Two patients developed grade 3 and 4 patients grade 2 leukocytopenia. Thrombocytopenia grade 3 and grade 2 occurred in 4 patients and 6 patients, respectively. The progression-free survival (PFS) rate at 6 months was 43 %. Median PFS from treatment initiation was 18 weeks (95 % CI, 14-22 weeks) and median overall survival (OS) was 37 weeks (95 % CI, 31-42 weeks). The rates for PFS and OS at 1 year were 24 and 28 %, respectively. Our data suggest that treatment with TMZ 7/14 is safe and effective in patients with recurrent or progressive HGG.
Norbert Galldiks; Theresa Berhorn; Tobias Blau; Veronika Dunkl; Gereon R Fink; Michael Schroeter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neuro-oncology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-7373     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurooncol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8309335     Medline TA:  J Neurooncol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurology, University of Cologne, Kerpener Str. 62, 50924, Cologne, Germany,
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