Stereotactic radiosurgery for recurrent malignant gliomas.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of stereotactic radiosurgery in the management of recurrent malignant gliomas. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We treated 35 patients with large (median treatment volume, 28 cm3) recurrent tumors that had failed to respond to conventional treatment. Twenty-six patients (74%) had glioblastomas multiforme (GBM) and nine (26%) had anaplastic astrocytomas (AA). RESULTS: The mean time from diagnosis to radiosurgery was 10 months (range, 1 to 36), from radiosurgery to death, 8.0 months (range, 1 to 23). Twenty-one GBM (81%) and six AA (67%) patients have died. The actuarial survival time for all patients was 21 months from diagnosis and 8 months from radiosurgery. Twenty-two of 26 patients (85%) died of local or marginal failure, three (12%) of noncontiguous failure, and one (4%) of CSF dissemination. Age (P = .0405) was associated with improved survival on multivariate analysis, and age (P = .0110) and Karnofsky performance status (KPS) (P = .0285) on univariate analysis. Histology, treatment volume, and treatment dose were not significant variables by univariate analysis. Seven patients required surgical resection for increasing mass effect a mean of 4.0 months after radiosurgery, for an actuarial reoperation rate of 31%. Surgery did not significantly influence survival. At surgery, four patients had recurrent tumor, two had radiation necrosis, and one had both tumor and necrosis. The actuarial necrosis rate was 14% and the pathologic findings could have been predicted by the integrated logistic formula for developing symptomatic brain injury. CONCLUSION: Stereotactic radiosurgery appears to prolong survival for recurrent malignant gliomas and has a lower reoperative rate for symptomatic necrosis than does brachytherapy. Patterns of failure are similar for both of these techniques.

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Cited Authors

  • Hall, WA; Djalilian, HR; Sperduto, PW; Cho, KH; Gerbi, BJ; Gibbons, JP; Rohr, M; Clark, HB

Published Date

  • July 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1642 - 1648

PubMed ID

  • 7602353

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-183X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/JCO.1995.13.7.1642


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States