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Indian Journal of Cancer
Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Cancer Society
ISSN: 0019-509X
EISSN: 1998-4774
Vol. 46, No. 2, 2009, pp. 96-107
Bioline Code: cn09022
Full paper language: English
Document type: Symposium
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Indian Journal of Cancer, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2009, pp. 96-107

 en Evidence-Based Adjuvant Therapy for Gliomas: Current Concepts and Newer Developments
Khan, M.K.; Hunter, G.K.; Vogelbaum, M.; Suh, J.H. & Chao, S.T.


The incidence of gliomas is increasing worldwide, including India. Of the 18,820 new cases of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors diagnosed annually in the United States, gliomas account for over 60% with 30-40% of them being glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), 10% being anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), and 10% being low grade gliomas (LGGs). This is in contrast to one study from West Bengal, India, in which only 7.9% of the brain tumors were GBMs, while 46.8% were astrocytomas. Of all adult primary CNS tumors, GBM is the most common and the most malignant with about 7,000 to 8,000 new cases annually in the United States. Given poor outcomes, a number of treatment approaches have been investigated. Common to these approaches is the use of adjuvant radiation therapy, even as surgery alone, with or without chemotherapy, may be the mainstay for some lower grade and low-risk gliomas. Today, treatment typically involves external beam radiation, with concurrent and adjuvant chemotherapy for more aggressive histologies. Although gliomas are relatively uncommon, active research is ongoing. Results of landmark trials along with some of the recently published trials are presented. These trials and management strategies as well as evolving concepts are found by reviewing over 200 articles in the National Library Medical (NLM) database, PubMed, more than 60 of which are refrenced. Specifically, the database is searched using the following keywords, with various combinations: glioma, low-grade, anaplastic, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, oligoastrocytoma, glioblastoma multiforme, chemotherapy, radiation, new concepts, phase III, MGMT, CDX-110 (Celldex), temozolomide, 1p/19q deletion, and bevacizumab.

Adjuvant therapy, anaplastic astrocytoma, anaplastic oligoastrocytoma, anaplastic oligodendroglioma, bevacizumab, CDX-110, glioblastoma multiforme, glioma, low-grade glioma, O6 -methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase status, radiation, temozolomide, 1p/19q deletion

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