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Clin Transl Oncol. 2014 Sep;16(9):829-33. doi: 10.1007/s12094-013-1156-4. Epub 2014 Jan 29.

Exclusive radiotherapy for gliomatosis cerebri: long-term follow-up at a single institution.

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  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 110-744, Republic of Korea.



To evaluate the efficacy of radiotherapy and factors affecting the prognosis of gliomatosis cerebri.


Twenty-eight patients with pathologically confirmed gliomatosis cerebri underwent radiotherapy between August 1988 and September 2003. The median age of the patients was 39 years (range 18-67). Performance status was good (ECOG score ≤2) in 23 patients (82 %). The extent of radiotherapy was partial brain in 17 patients, whole brain in 2 patients, and whole brain followed by partial brain in 9 patients. The median radiation dose was 55.8 Gy (range 46.8-70.4). The median duration of follow-up was 136 months for survivors (range 39-191).


The median overall and progression-free survival times of all patients were 20 and 11 months, respectively. When initial response to radiotherapy was grouped as improved, stationary, and aggravated, the median overall survival times in patients with improved, stationary, and aggravated responses were 76, 20, and 7 months, respectively (p = 0.0129). However, radiation parameters such as dose and irradiation volume had no impact on overall survival. On multivariate analysis, both performance status and initial response to radiotherapy were significant prognostic factors affecting overall survival (p = 0.0249 and 0.0065, respectively).


This study showed that gliomatosis cerebri could be effectively treated with radiotherapy and that initial response to radiotherapy was a significant prognostic factor affecting the survival.

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