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J Clin Oncol. 2007 Oct 20;25(30):4722-9.

Bevacizumab plus irinotecan in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme.

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  • 1Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA. vrede001@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The prognosis for patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme is poor, with a median survival of 3 to 6 months. We performed a phase II trial of bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody to vascular endothelial growth factor, in combination with irinotecan.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

This phase II trial included two cohorts of patients. The initial cohort, comprising 23 patients, received bevacizumab at 10 mg/kg plus irinotecan every 2 weeks. The dose of irinotecan was based on the patient's anticonvulsant: Patients taking enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EIAEDs) received 340 mg/m2, and patients not taking EIAEDs received 125 mg/m2. After this regimen was deemed safe and effective, the irinotecan schedule was changed to an accepted brain tumor regimen of four doses in 6 weeks, in anticipation of a phase III randomized trial of irinotecan versus irinotecan and bevacizumab. The second cohort, comprising 12 patients, received bevacizumab 15 mg/kg every 21 days and irinotecan on days 1, 8, 22, and 29. Each cycle was 6 weeks long and concluded with patient evaluations, including magnetic resonance imaging.

RESULTS:

The 6-month progression-free survival among all 35 patients was 46% (95% CI, 32% to 66%). The 6-month overall survival was 77% (95% CI, 64% to 92%). Twenty of the 35 patients (57%; 95% CI, 39% to 74%) had at least a partial response. One patient developed a CNS hemorrhage, which occurred in his 10th cycle. Four patients developed thromboembolic complications (deep venous thrombosis and/or pulmonary emboli).

CONCLUSION:

Bevacizumab and irinotecan is an effective treatment for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme and has moderate toxicity.

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