Second primary cancers in long-term survivors of glioblastoma.

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BACKGROUND: Overall survival (OS) in glioblastoma (GBM) is poor at an average of 14 to 18 months, and long-term survivors (LTS) of GBM are rare. LTS of GBM, defined as surviving >5 years postdiagnosis, represent only 2% to 10% of all GBM patients. LTS of cancer are at high risk of developing second primary neoplasms. This study looks at occurrences of second primary neoplasms in LTS of GBM. METHODS: Records from adult patients newly diagnosed with GBM between January 1, 1998 and February 8, 2010, were retrospectively reviewed to identify LTS, defined as patients who survived ≥5 years. We focused on the identification of a new diagnosis of cancer occurring at least 2 years after the initial GBM diagnosis. RESULTS: We identified 155 LTS of GBM, with a median OS of 11.0 years (95% CI: 9.0 to 13.1 years) and a median follow-up of 9.6 years (95% CI: 8.7 to 10.7 years). In this cohort of patients, 13 (8.4%) LTS of GBM developed 17 secondary cancers. Eight could potentially be attributed to previous radiation and chemotherapy (skin cancer in radiation field [n = 4], leukemia [n = 2], low-grade glioma [n = 1], and sarcoma of the scalp [n = 1]). The other 9 cases included melanoma (n = 2), prostate cancer (n = 2), bladder cancer (n = 1), endometrioid adenocarcinoma (n = 1), basal cell carcinoma (n = 1), and renal cell carcinoma (n = 1). CONCLUSIONS: Although second primary cancers are rare in GBM LTS, providers should continue close monitoring with appropriate oncologic care. Moreover, this highlights the need for survivorship care of patients with GBM.

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Cited Authors

  • Kim, J-Y; Jackman, JG; Woodring, S; McSherry, F; Herndon, JE; Desjardins, A; Friedman, HS; Peters, KB

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 386 - 391

PubMed ID

  • 31555453

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6753354

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2054-2577

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/nop/npz001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England