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J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2018 Oct;79(Suppl 4):S322-S327. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1666837. Epub 2018 Jul 3.

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy for High-Grade Skull-Base Meningioma.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka Medical College, Osaka, Japan.
Department of Radiation Medical Physics, Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori, Osaka, Japan.
Department of Particle Radiation Oncology, Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori, Osaka, Japan.
Kansai BNCT Medical Center, Osaka Medical College, Osaka, Japan.
Section for Advanced Medical Development, Cancer Center, Osaka Medical College, Osaka, Japan.


Objectives  Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a nuclear reaction-based tumor cell-selective particle irradiation that occurs when nonradioactive Boron-10 is irradiated with low-energy neutrons to produce high-energy α particles (10B [ n , α] 7Li). Possible complications associated with extended surgical resection render high-grade meningioma (HGM) a challenging pathology and skull-base meningiomas (SBMs) even more challenging. Lately, we have been trying to control HGMs using BNCT. This study aims to elucidate whether the recurrence and outcome of HGMs and SBMs differ based on their location. Design  Retrospective review. Setting  Osaka Medical College Hospital and Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. Participants  Between 2005 and 2014, 31 patients with recurrent HGM (7 SBMs) were treated with BNCT. Main Outcome Measures  Overall survival and the subgroup analysis by the anatomical tumor location. Results  Positron emission tomography revealed that HGMs exhibited 3.8 times higher boron accumulation than the normal brain. Although tumors displayed transient increases in size in several cases, all lesions were found to decrease during observation. Furthermore, the median survival time of patients with SBMs post-BNCT and after being diagnosed as high-grade were 24.6 and 67.5 months, respectively (vs non-SBMs: 40.4 and 47.5 months). Conclusions  BNCT could be a robust and beneficial therapeutic modality for patients with high-grade SBMs.


boron neutron capture therapy; boronophenylalanine; high-grade meningioma; recurrent; skull base meningioma

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