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Vol. 72, No. 5-6, 2007
Issue release date: February 2008
Oncology 2007;72:302–307

Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin in Recurrent Malignant Glioma: Analysis of a Case Series

Glas M. · Koch H. · Hirschmann B. · Jauch T. · Steinbrecher A. · Herrlinger U. · Bogdahn U. · Hau P.
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Background: Recurrent malignant glioma has a dismal prognosis, and therapeutic options are scarce. After previous potentially encouraging reports on liposomal pegylated doxorubicin (PEG-DOX) in this setting, PEG-DOX was applied to patients with recurrent malignant glioma in an institutional series. Methods: In a retrospective analysis, 49 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma (WHO III, n = 18; WHO IV, n = 31) were treated with PEG-DOX (days 1 and 14/28, 20 mg/m2, n = 26) alone or in combination with temozolomide (days 1–5/28, 200 mg/m2, n = 23). The response rate, progression-free survival and overall survival were evaluated. Results: The rate of progression-free patients at 6 months after initiation of therapy was 27% (WHO III, 33%; WHO IV, 23%). The median overall survival (mOS) after initiation of PEG-DOX (monotherapy and combination therapy) was 8 months (WHO III, 16 months; WHO IV, 7 months). The mOS after initiation of PEG-DOX monotherapy was 8 months, and after initiation of combination therapy, 10 months. Both regimens were well tolerated, with the main side effect being hematologic toxicity (grade 1–2, 8%; grade 3–4, 18%). Conclusion: These data demonstrate the safety and moderate efficacy of PEG-DOX ± temozolomide therapy in recurrent malignant glioma. The potential of this nonalkylating chemotherapy should be further explored.

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