Dose-dense temozolomide for recurrent high-grade gliomas: a single-center retrospective study

Catherine R. Garcia, Stacey A. Slone, Rachael M. Morgan, Lindsey Gruber, Sameera S. Kumar, Donita D. Lightner, John L. Villano

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There are limited treatment modalities after high-grade gliomas recurrence. MGMT depletion modulated by dose-dense temozolomide (ddTMZ) remains a debated therapy for initial TMZ responders. Patients were selected retrospectively from our practice with diagnosis of high-grade gliomas (WHO grade III or IV), and were followed since the start of ddTMZ until death or change of therapy. Twenty-one patients were reviewed, with a median age of 47 (25–61) years and a median of 5.8 (1.5–38.8) cycles of ddTMZ. The majority were males (71.4%). Sixty-six percent received 21 on/28 off ddTMZ schedule, 28.6% daily, and 1 patient received a 7 days on/7 days off schedule. IDH mutation status was available for 18 (85.7%) patients, with 7 (33.3%) IDH mutant and 11 (52.5%) IDH wild type. MGMT methylation was assessed in 6 (28.6%) of the patients, being MGMT methylated in 3 (14.3%) patients, and non-methylated in 3 (14.3%) patients. The majority of patients (57.1%) were receiving ddTMZ in addition to other forms of therapy, including either bevacizumab (38.1%) or tumor-treating fields (TTFields) (19.1%). Overall ddTMZ was well tolerated, with few adverse events reported. The estimated median overall survival after ddTMZ start was 11 months. Median progression-free survival (PFS) was 6 months. Outcomes did not vary between patients receiving ddTMZ alone or those using TTFields or bevacizumab as concomitant therapy, but there was a trend to longer survival with the use of concomitant TTFields. Our results demonstrate benefit of ddTMZ after previous treatment with standard TMZ dosing with no apparent increase in treatment-related toxicities. In summary, ddTMZ should be considered in TMZ responsive patients and warrants further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136
JournalMedical Oncology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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  • Dose-dense temozolomide
  • High-grade gliomas
  • Prognosis
  • Recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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