Recent developments in the use of chemotherapy in brain tumours

Martin J. Van Den Bent*, Monika E. Hegi, Roger Stupp

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Several recent studies have further clarified the role of chemotherapy in newly diagnosed anaplastic glioma. For newly diagnosed glioblastoma, combined daily radiotherapy with daily temozolomide followed by six cycles of adjuvant temozolomide improves overall survival. This benefit is especially observed in patients with a methylated promotor of the MGMT gene which encodes an alkyltransferase; this observation however, needs confirmation. Although oligodendroglial tumours are sensitive to chemotherapy, classical adjuvant nitrosourea-based chemotherapy does not improve overall survival in newly diagnosed anaplastic oligodendroglioma, even in the subset of 1p/19q loss tumours. It may increase progression-free survival however, and further studies must show if combined modality treatment with daily chemotherapy during radiotherapy increases survival. Trials exploring the role of chemotherapy in low-grade glioma are ongoing. No standard chemotherapy is currently available for highly anaplastic glioma failing first-line temozolomide-based therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-588
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Anaplastic glioma
  • Glioblastoma
  • MGMT
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • PCV
  • Radiotherapy
  • Temozolomide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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