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Neoplasma. 2017;64(5):803-808. doi: 10.4149/neo_2017_520.

Concurrent hyperthermia and re-irradiation for recurrent high-grade gliomas.


Salvage therapy for recurrent high grade gliomas (HGG) includes surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, however, standard treatment does not exist. We evaluated the tolerability and efficacy of re-irradiation (re-RT) with hyperthermia (HT) for patients with recurrent HGG. From September 2010 to July 2015, 20 patients with recurrent HGG were treated with re-RT and HT. The radiotherapy dose of 30 Gray (Gy) was delivered with 2 Gy per fraction daily, and HT was performed twice weekly. Primary endpoints were treatment compliance and toxicity. Second endpoints were overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS). The median interval between initial RT and re-RT was 11 months. During re-RT with HT, there were no significant acute morbidities over grade 3. Median overall survival (OS) from re-irradiation was 8.4 months and the 6 and 12 months survival rate were 67% and 30%, respectively. The median progression free survival (PFS) from re-irradiation was 4.1 month. Our findings suggested that concurrent re-RT with HT was a safe and well-tolerated. In addition, the combination re-RT and HT could be a valuable salvage treatment option for selected recurrent HGG patients with poor performance status.


re-irradiation hyperthermia.; recurrent high-grade glioma

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