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Ann Oncol. 2003 Dec;14(12):1727-31.

Carboplatin and teniposide as third-line chemotherapy in patients with recurrent oligodendroglioma or oligoastrocytoma: a phase II study.

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Department of Medical Oncology and Neurological Sciences of Azienda Ospedale-Università, Padua, Italy.



This study was a phase II study of third-line chemotherapy with carboplatin plus teniposide in patients with recurrent oligodendroglioma.


Patients with oligodendroglioma progressive or recurrent after surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy with PCV (lomustine/procarbazine/vincristine) and temozolomide were treated with 350 mg/m(2) carboplatin on day 1, and 50 mg/m(2) teniposide on days 1-3, every 4 weeks.


Response and toxicity were evaluated in all 23 patients enrolled in the study. Two had partial response [8.6%; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.8% to 28.6%] and 12 stable disease (52.17%; 95% CI 30% to 73%). Median time to progression was 19 weeks (95% CI 11.4-35.0), and 34.8% of the patients (95% CI 20.0% to 61.0%) had progression-free survival at 6 months. Median survival time was 60.7 weeks (95% CI 39.8 to not achieved) and 51% of the patients (95% CI 33.5% to 79.7%) were alive at 12 months. A total of 103 cycles were administered (on average 4.4 per patient; range 1-9). Toxicity was mild and mainly hematological, with grade 4 neutropenia and grade 4 thrombocytopenia in two (8.6%) and three patients (13%), respectively.


Although the response rate of combined carboplatin and teniposide chemotherapy in heavily pretreated oligodendroglial tumors is moderate, the toxicity is manageable, and delay of progression in responders or stable patients may still confer a relevant clinical benefit.

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