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Strahlenther Onkol. 2013 Aug;189(8):693-6. doi: 10.1007/s00066-013-0370-x. Epub 2013 Jun 12.

Craniospinal irradiation with concurrent temozolomide and nimotuzumab in a child with primary metastatic diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. A compassionate use treatment.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Leipzig, Stephan-Str. 9a, 04103, Leipzig, Germany.


Primary metastatic diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is relatively rare and associated with a dismal prognosis. Combining craniospinal irradiation (CSI) with concurrent temozolomide and nimotuzumab therapy may slightly improve tumor control and overall survival. However, little is known about the feasibility and toxicity of this treatment approach. Here, we describe the case of an 8-year-old girl with primary metastatic DIPG who received craniospinal radiotherapy, a local boost, and concurrent temozolomide and nimotuzumab treatment based on an individual therapy recommendation. Radiotherapy could be completed without any interruption. However, concurrent temozolomide had to be disrupted several times due to considerable acute myelotoxicity (grade III-IV).Maintenance immunochemotherapy could be started with a delay of 5 days and was performed according to treatment schedule. The disease could be stabilized for a few months. A routine MRI scan finally depicted disease progression 5.7 months after the start of irradiation. The patient died 1.9 months later.

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